The Song ‘American Idol’ Judges Wanted to Ban From the Competition

Repetitive Song Choices: American Idol judges lament the recurrence of certain songs, notably Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar," spanning auditions through Hollywood Week.

Judges' Disapproval: Season 22 judges criticized the monotony, suggesting banning "Watermelon Sugar," with Katy Perry declaring an official prohibition during Hollywood Week.

Song's Success: "Watermelon Sugar," a hit from Harry Styles' 2019 album, dominated charts globally, contributing to its frequent rendition on American Idol.

Memorable Critique: Judges, notably Katy Perry, vividly reacted to contestants choosing "Watermelon Sugar," with one duo stunned by Perry's reluctance during their performance.

Additional Mentions Other songs, like Demi Lovato's "Anyone" and Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing," were suggested for banning, yet no official bans were implemented on American Idol.