The first “American Idol” contestant of the ABC reboot has been revealed: 28-year-old vocal coach Britney Holmes is bound for Hollywood after winning the public vote. She and two other hopefuls were featured in videos that debuted during Sunday’s American Music Awards. Viewers had just 24 hours to vote for their favorite with the winner of this popular vote announced on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale.
Holmes had impressed new “Idol” judge Katy Perry when she auditioned in Nashville. This Aubrey, TX native delivered a scorching rendition of James Bay‘s “Let It Go.” And Perry did not want to let her go without giving her a second chance to make it to Hollywood. The other two new judges on “American Idol” – country superstar Luke Bryan and R&B legend Lionel Richie — each got to make a pitch for their favorites but their picks, Maris and Dominique Smith, fell short.
Ryan Seacrest, who emceed all 15 seasons of “American Idol” on Fox, will be returning as host of the upcoming revival. We were worried that “American Idol” producer Fremantle wasn’t interested in having Seacrest return to this one-time ratings juggernaut after they rejected the idea of shifting “Idol” to New York City to accommodate Seacrest, who just joined Kelly Ripa as co-host of her morning talker “Live.”
This will mean a lot of transcontinental trips for Seacrest. On Thursday, after pre-taping Friday’s “Live,” he will jet west and rehearse “Idol” over the weekend before doing it live on Sunday evening. Then he ‘ll wing his way back to New York in the wee hours of Monday, do “Live” that morning before doing the jaunt back to LA for the results show Monday night. Another red-eye would get him back to Gotham in time for Tuesday’s “Live.”
The TV academy may well reward the hard-working Seacrest with that elusive Emmy for Best Reality Host. He lost that race seven times for the original show. First he was bested by Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) for four years running beginning in 2008, then Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) in 2012, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) in 2013 and RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) in 2016.