American Idol Will Not Air Bad Auditions

The era of finding the William Hungs of the world is over.

American Idol showrunner Trish Kinane told reporters at the recent 2018 Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the new version of the reality singing competition stable will no longer air the infamous bad auditions.

"It doesn't feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them," Kinane says. “We want the humor, but we don't want the exploitation.”

Instead of focusing on the bad, ABC’s American Idol wants to focus on the good, on finding a superstar who will find success after the cameras stop rolling.

“That makes us work harder as a judging panel,” new judge Luke Bryan adds. “Because there are a few years where you don't remember those contestants, we don't want it to go that way. We want it to go right back to what it was known for.”

Luke, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie join longtime host Ryan Seacrest on American Idol March 11 on ABC.

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