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In just a couple months, on March 11 to be exact, ABC’s American Idol reboot will be gracing our television screens with returning host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryan.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone from the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California on Monday (Jan. 9), Bryan revealed what brought him to work on American Idol and Seacrest even spilled some beans about Bryan’s pre-taping ritual.
The “Light It Up” singer also spoke about the success of the country singers that came from the show.
“The main thing with me is I remember when [season four winner] Carrie Underwood rolled into Nashville. It energized the whole city,” he said. “And then you look at [season five finalist] Kellie Pickler, who still has a career in entertainment, and then you look at now [season 10 winner] Scotty McCreery is finally catching his stride as an artist.”
While the superstar had other offers from other singing competition shows over the years, when Idolcalled, he “jumped right on it.”
“It was never a moment’s thought for me, because I get inspired. I judge and I watch this like a fan of music. I’m in there on the emotional ride with these kids. When they start singing and they are moving me emotionally, I get wrapped up in the moment. I get wrapped up in the pageantry and the dreams coming true,” he said.
Before their dreams come true, they have to go through some rigorous auditions for producers and the judges, which are pre-taped a few months before airing. Host Ryan Seacrest revealed to Rolling Stoneone of Bryan’s rituals before every single show and it might not completely surprise you.
He said, “Unlike seasons past, one of the judges goes skeet shooting every morning before the auditions. You guys can guess which one, but it’s true, no matter what city we are in.”
Of course, Seacrest was referencing Luke Bryan! We love that he stays true to his country roots even when he’s in Hollywood! Watch a preview for the new season of American Idol below.