Since the present stopped airing because of the pandemic, showrunner Trish Kinane and ABC’s Senior Vice President, Rob Mills have been scratching their heads on how you can preserve the present going. According to Deadline, in one of many dozens of situations, they considered changing the precise viewers with Disney characters! However, after a lot considering, the duo got here to the choice that they are going to be filming the episodes remotely from their respective properties utilizing iPhones.
“These kids have given up a lot to do these auditions and Hollywood week, it’s only fair to them to keep it going and crown the next American Idol. You also don’t have to win to have a successful career; Jennifer Hudson came seventh,” stated Trish Kinane.
The showrunner first considered sending skilled cameras and tools to the contestants to movie their performances. However, considering that these cameras and tools would require professional operators, she and her staff of 45 opted for one thing that everybody is conversant in and might use it with none skilled assist – an iPhone. Kinane additionally acknowledged that as “top of the range iPhones are amazing”, she wouldn’t be shocked if they begin “using iPhones in the studio in the future.”
Apart from the iPhones, the producers additionally despatched the mandatory lighting tools and the wardrobe alternatives to the contestants to report their performances at residence.
Now, the present is coming again on Sunday and can comprise 4 two-hour episodes. So, the remaining 20 contestants will solely have 3 episodes to affect the judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie with their quarantined performances.