Bieber blasted onto the scene with his 2009 hit “One Time” at age 15.
Even though 19-year-old college student Casey Wright from Moorehead, Ky., wasn’t affected by the rule change, she believes it was a great idea.
“I say give as many people as you can a chance,” she said.
Her 16-year-old sister Corey Wright thought so, too.
“Everyone, no matter what the age, can have a good voice. Let it show,” she said.
“Idol’s” ratings have slipped in recent years. Over 24 million viewers tuned in for the finale in May according to Nielsen Co, down nearly 5 million viewers the previous year.
That reality, combined with Cowell’s departure is giving producers something to think about.
“We’re trying to look at the show with fresh eyes this year, to kind of say, ‘What’s been our biggest successes’ and really kind of focus on those,” said Lynn. “I think it really comes down to the people behind me in line. That’s what the success of the show relies upon and that’s what the show is.”
Wristbands will be handed out again Friday in Nashville, with auditions beginning Saturday.