ABC’s reincarnated Idol is nearly identical to the original, and a new panel of celebrity judges can’t compensate for the changing realities that made the show’s promise of blockbuster stardom impossible to keep.
Will Smith singing "Aati Kya Khandala" — check. Dolly Bindra screaming her lungs out — check. And "HOW CAN SHE SLAP" — check.
Open call auditions are long, exhausting, surreal, and full of undying optimism. Maybe this is why I keep returning.