This… is our American Idol wish list.
The reality singing competition will celebrate a major milestone when its 20th season (and fifth season on ABC) premieres on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8/7c. And while there are some aspects of Idol that we hope never change — Kieran and only Kieran should be dimming the lights, thank you very much — the pop culture staple could certainly use a tune-up.
To that end, we’ve brainstormed five tweaks that we think Idol ought to make in its 20th season and beyond, including more constructive criticism from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, and a return to the show’s glory days of long, drawn-out eliminations. (You miss them! Admit it!)
Our suggestions also extend behind the scenes: Who will replace Bobby Bones as Idol‘s in-house mentor? Who should? And after several contestant controversies over the years — including the abrupt exit of Caleb Kennedy in Season 19 — we hope we’re not alone in wanting Idol to more thoroughly vet its singers.
While you wait for Idol‘s Season 20 arrival — including the returns of Richie, Perry and Bryan, plus Ryan Seacrest as host — scroll through the list below to see our five ideal changes to the show, then drop a comment with your own!