American Idol is officially returning to TV this spring, as Ryan Seacrest and company will air new episodes on ABC.
We're as shocked as you are.
And also very pessimistic about this endeavor.
Why do we think this version of American Idol will fail miserably? Scroll down to find out...
Not Even Kelly Clarkson Wants To Be Part of It
Wouldn't it have been great to bring one of the most successful contestants back as a judge? It would have been a great way to market the series, but Kelly decided to defect over to NBC's The Voice instead.
The Katy Perry Effect
It was reported last May that Katy Perry secured a massive $25 million paycheck for her role as a judge for ABC's inaugural season of the show.
The big salary was apparently an offer she could not refuse, and producers only offered as much because they lost Kelly Clarkson, and they needed to have a big name attached before Fox's upfronts.
Can Katy Even Judge Music?
Katy Perry has built a career on belting out songs written by others that make very little sense. On the marketing side of things, she went for a bizarre live streaming event to promote her latest cure for insomnia that was titled "Witness."
It found her crying, and doing a whole lot of sleeping as fans watched live thanks to Youtube.
She also appeared as a guest judge many years ago on The X-Factor UK, and well, let's just say her critiquing skills were not up to scratch.
"The Farewell Season"
American Idol came to an end in April 2016 with a season that was widely marketed as "The Farewell Season." It's hardly a farewell if the show will be returning to the air less than two years after its series finale.
When a show as big as American Idol gets the reboot treatment, it should be off the air for long enough that people actually miss it.
The Voice For The Win
The Voice emerged from the shadows back in 2011, and ultimately wound up as the more popular attraction. The chair turning may not be as fresh as it once was, but the overall show is better produced than American Idol ever was.
The show was already way past its prime when it concluded in 2016. It received a minor boost in the ratings vs. its 2015 edition because the marketing team at Fox made everyone aware it was the end of the series. There's no getting away from the fact that show was losing viewers steadily the year