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American Idol's New Judges Explain Why They Are All Nice

American Idol's New Judges Explain Why They Are All Nice

Don’t expect any of American Idol‘s three new judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – to be mean to contestants the way Simon Cowell was on the show.

The three entertainers told Variety that none of them would take on the Simon “role.”

“We’re artists, not record company executives or critics,” Luke said. “These 15- and 16 year-olds are still a couple of years away, but you can see their promise, the potential. We’re not there to discourage them. If we word it wrong, they may give up all up.”

“Young kids take things to heart. I can be sarcastic as all get out, and even a little snarky,” Katy added. “Like Simon, I’m also a truth-teller, a straight shooter. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to tell anyone they suck. It’s not about that.”

Pictured inside: Luke, Katy, and Lionel arriving for an American Idol taping on Thursday (November 16) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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  • Dagoth Bob

    Yep, this show sure isn’t go to suck like the last years of the first Idol. What am I saying, it’s going to be so bad their first choice for judge went to The voice.

  • ShellBell

    No matter how nice they act with each other, the fact that Katy got that much money while two actually talented musicians have to make do with scraps is gonna cause trouble somewhere down the line. How are they are gonna be able to sit there and listen while she who sounds like a foghorn tells someone who can sing where they are going wrong?