Last evening, I was extremely surprised with the premiere of American Idol. It was a well-paced, intelligent evening of pure entertainment.
Returning judge, Randy Jackson, was a comforting presence alongside new judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. All three judges displayed just the right amount of tact, humor, empathy and professionalism when dealing with the contestants.
Ryan Seacrest‘s involvement was just wonderful. He had a very genuine approach to the singers and their family members and connected to their journey with honesty and encouragement.
Case in point: his approach to the tragic story of 16-year-old singer, Travis Orlando. As mentioned by Randy Jackson, Ryan became misty-eyed upon learning about Travis’ success at receiving a gold ticket to Hollywood. Travis’ story touched him in a monumental way. I know I felt his pain. What a tough road this young man endured with his family.
Travis’ story reminds all of us that American Idol can be the start of a new and exciting life for so many singers. To be born with a prolific talent is a gift from God that should be shared with millions and American Idol is a strong vehicle toward achieving this reality.
Tonight’s show focuses on the New Orleans auditions. I can’t get enough of this show this season. That has to be a good omen, correct?