His work with the Idol team to stage different looking performances, that connected with me. And when David Cook came out and recreated [“Billie Jean”] by Michael Jackson — that was sick. Adam Lambert is obviously an amazing example of that, too — where they find their identity and show it and take cover songs that show what they’re going to be as an artist. Evan Prager: The format they created in trying to find and make superstars — the way the judges are used and then leaving it to America [to decide the winner] — and the track record for having actually successful recording artists. Ignjatovic: Also I think the show has heart on a very real, organic level.
It’s more about playing your position and knowing your role.
Maybe some areas can be reinvented or reimagined, but the show works.
Prager: Everyone [who works on Idol] loves and believes in this show. There’s no question that it’s about making sure the best product is getting out there and that [means having] the best contestants.
They are the stars of the show and that’s very much a unified effort here.
I love that they believe the contestants are the stars of the show. Here’s hoping the new gang, that also includes Swedish Idol producer Per Blankens and FOX Sports guy, David Hill and at least stop the ratings hemorrhage and right the ship that went so off course last season.
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I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted.
New American Idol producers, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about freshening up American Idol as it enters it’s 13th season.
The ratings are down, but is the once mighty competitive reality show out? Their favorites either went on to become big stars (Carrie Underwood) or are innovators (David Cook and Adam Lambert)Ignjatovic: It’s probably Adam Lambert for me.