Fox made the first two hours available for the media a few days ahead of time. I just finished it. There are probably no major surprises per se. We know the format well. There are auditions mixed with a few back stories. The editing is a bit looser than “Idol.” They tend to let singers go significantly longer than on “Idol,” which is a good thing when the singers are good. The cinematography, I think, is sharper and slicker than the work done on “Idol.”
Simon Cowell is engaged, at least, in a way we haven’t seen since the early years of “Idol.” He better be. He’s the creator! It’s comforting to see Paula Abdul and Simon together again. But folks seeking crazy Paula will be disappointed, at least in this first episode.
I really like L.A. Reid. He’s serious, as befits a record executive, but also carries real weight, too, given his pedigree. When he name drops, it’s for real (compared to, say, Randy Jackson.) He can get into the performances, too.
Nicole Scherzinger? Redundant,
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