Maybe it’s her neon eye shadow. Maybe it’s the way she brings up the fact that her parents are preachers every chance she can get. Maybe it’s how she acts like that wolf in old cartoons whose eyes would pop out when a shapely female passes by. Except in her case, it’s every time she spies a good-looking male contestant. But, more importantly, she sometimes actually gives good advice — like drop that mediocre guitar strumming and use an accompanist instead.
But when it comes to “American Idol” fans, pop singer and proud California girl Katy Perry is their clear favorite among the three judges with 44% picking her as their top choice. It seems that they like her colorful on-air fireworks. In second place with 32% backing him is laidback country star Luke Bryan of “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” fame. Last but not least, there is the legendary Lionel Richie, the elder statesman of the trio who gladly indulges middle-age moms of contestants who want to meet him. He drew a not-bad 24%.
Matters will get more serious now that the auditions are over and the Hollywood rounds air on Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25. In other words, people will soon be either going on or going home.
Lionel’s supporters actually took the time to leave such comments as “Lionel is the only realistic judge. Love him” and “Love Lionel Richie! He’s way wiser than the other two!” The onetime member of the Commodores is also the only judge with an Oscar (for his ballad “Say You, Say Me” from 1985’s “White Nights”) and a 2017 Kennedy Center honor, with Luke participating in his tribute. See how he fares on “Penny Lover” and “Sail On” as well as Lionel’s reactions to his interpretations.