American Idol is back, baby, and to the relief of many, it’s actually just as good as we remember. To be fair, American Idol wasn’t off the air that long; just two years in fact. It’s hardly long enough to deem this a reboot, but here we are calling it that. Now, in its rebooted form and on a new network (hello, ABC!), American Idol seems poised to once again dominate our television screens and attempt to steal some of its singing competition shine back from its contemporary peers of similar formats, The Voice and The Four.
There’s been a lot of curiosity about how the new version of American Idol would play out. Would there be the combined spiciness and chill of its most formative seasons, when judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson reigned supreme? Would there be a focus on the more cringeworthy auditions that the show put in the spotlight back in the day? Or would this just be a show about the good, wholesome fun that can come from watching people trying to make their dreams of music stardom come true?
Luckily, it would appear this rebooted American Idol is firmly planted in the latter: good, wholesome fun. From Entertainment Weekly to The Hollywood Reporter, reviews note that American Idol is back with lots of fun and sweetness — and fans of the show seem to be in agreement. While viewers are busy celebrating it on Twitter, it’s not lost on folks that there’s some silliness in seeing contemporary big-name artists as judges (Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan) and the show is competing with other singing competition shows for a spot in our weeknight viewing schedule. Basically, it’s a nostalgia trip of the highest order, and people are here for it and reacting to it in the most vocal manner possible: on Twitter.
So, let’s check out some of the best Twitter reactions, shall we? From the funniest to the warmest, these positive American Idol reactions will leave you glowing — and maybe clearing a spot in your DVR queue for new American Idol episodes.
Folks had mixed reactions seeing American Idol back on their screens
#AmericanIdol never disappoints!!! So glad it’s back ♥️
— Phaedra Parks, Esq. (@PhaedraParks) March 12, 2018
LOVING the new feel-good @AmericanIdol on ABC. In a world that's more divisive than ever, we're reminded of the humanity in all of us; we're given a fresh lesson in acceptance – that everyone has a story, and while the dreams we dream are free, the hustle isn't. #AmericanIdol
— Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison) March 12, 2018
Remember those days when watching #AmericanIdol was so exciting? This is not one of those days.
— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) March 12, 2018
There were also mixed reactions to the new judges, especially Katy Perry
— Ron Field (@healthins_ron) March 12, 2018
So Lionel Richie called an empowered young woman a “martian” and the show said of itself that they’re having a “triumphant return”. Before the first commercial? Really? #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/42Mz4dvBQu
— Laira Rosario (@lairayrp) March 12, 2018
— Keith Apostol (@apostolkeith) March 12, 2018
— Francis Clair (@clairhaycs) March 12, 2018
Katy Perry is telling it how it is and I'm here for it. #AmericanIdol
— D. (@realdejae) March 12, 2018
Katy Perry is the new Simon 😂 "they're not being honest to You" #AmericanIdol
— K 🌌 (@Kaitlinnnnh) March 12, 2018
— sarah ♡☼ (@xkatycatsarah) March 12, 2018
Viewers didn’t hesitate to tweet all their American Idol feels
Luke: what would you do if you won American Idol?
Noah: I’d buy an alpaca
This guys is going places #AmericanIdol
— Haley (@haleyy_q) March 12, 2018
— John Fountas (@IKFountas9) March 12, 2018
— Alex R. (@AlexTheGreatzz) March 12, 2018
— crazy mediocre asian (@holinessss) March 12, 2018
— David Onda (@David_Onda) March 12, 2018
— Col (@col1015) March 12, 2018
Okay this girl said she wrote a song, but the song was like 4 words long….🤔🤔 #AmericanIdol
— Libby Cunningham (@LibSCunningham) March 12, 2018
— ChrisHarrisonsMimosa (@charrisonmimosa) March 12, 2018
— Jamie Blynn (@jamieblynn) March 12, 2018
You know you've made it when Lionel Richie tells you that you can have an alpaca! #AmericanIdol
— Chelsea (@chels20068) March 12, 2018
— ERIČK (@savesdraft) March 12, 2018
Dixie Spring is the most Kentucky name I’ve ever heard #AmericanIdol
— Jordan Rager (@Jordan_Rager) March 12, 2018
— Reid (@ReidZura) March 12, 2018
And there you have it, folks. It looks like American Idol is off to a good — and rather auspicious — start. With the blessing of the audience, which seem to be mostly positive and plentiful at this point, it looks like the rebooted American Idol is going to be a big hit.