The American Idol judge is currently at work on the latest season of the long-running talent show, which premieres on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2021), and admits the latest talent pool, which emerged from a difficult 2020, is sweeter than ever.
“I think we’re all living in this weird, wild, crazy moment where a lot of our dreams have been put on hold,” the new mom explained during an appearance on Live With Kelly & Ryan, “and I think a lot of the contestants said to themselves, when they clicked a Zoom link to audition…, ‘I have nothing to lose’.
“Because nothing is promised. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow so (they think), ‘I’m just going to go and swing for my dreams’.
“So that means the floodgates were open… Nobody was busy. They were just ready to take a hold of their dreams.”
And she’s thrilled, too, that American Idol is really commanding respect from other leading lights in the entertainment industry.
“It (show) just keeps getting better and better,” she smiled. “I think people (in the business) trust us, and artists especially and real musicians especially, not just great singers but people with the whole package.
“And that really is what defines an American Idol – because it’s not called American Singer. You’ve got to check so many different boxes and that’s what these kids are coming out and doing…”