David Cook wants ABC reboot of American Idol to return show to when it was “at its best”

As a former contestant, David Cook has seen both the good and the bad of American Idol. So, naturally, he has a lot of opinions when it comes to the show’s ABC reboot.

He wants the new Idol to get back to its roots, when it was focused on finding good talent — not drama at the judges’ table.

“I think when Idol was at its best, it was honest vehicle for new talent,” the season seven winner tells ABC Radio. “I think some of that had to do with the fact that the judges’ table was a little…stable.”

So far, Katy Perry has been the only judge confirmed for the ABC reboot, a choice David approves. He also thinks it would be a great move if they snagged Lionel Richie as a judge.

But he adds that it might be cool to have a judge who’s not an artist, to bring a different perspective into the mix.

“I’d like to see them bring somebody on that’s in the industry that’s not a performer, like Simon [Cowell] did,” he says. “Somebody that’s just gonna tell it like it is, ‘cause Simon, for all the bluster and all of that stuff, the things that he said resonated with me.”

As for Ryan Seacrest returning as host, David thinks it’s good for consistency and views as Ryan as “calming presence” for the contestants.

For all his opinions on the new Idol, would David want to be involved somehow?

“I’ve said all along I think if they called, I’d listen, but I don’t know what their intention is, I don’t know they’re looking to do,” he says.

He adds, “I think if they can cultivate that the right way, it can be good for everybody.” 

American Idol will premiere on ABC in 2018.

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