Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye – co-creator of “The Idol” with Reza Fahim and director Sam Levinson – announced that he “really expected” a backlash from viewers.
Speaking to Variety in an interview published Tuesday (local time), The Weeknd said: “We’re playing with genres on this show, we’re doing exactly what we want do. And none of this is a surprise.”
“I’m happy for everyone to watch the rest of the show” – the male singer added.
The Weeknd also explained that one of his goals in making the series was to give people a different perspective on fame.
“It’s almost educational, that this is what comes with being extremely famous,” the 33-year-old singer said. “You’re surrounded by people whose real intentions you’re not sure are.” , even if they seem good. You just never know”.
“But of course, I’ve been very lucky to have people around me that I’ve known most of my life, which is so important and such a gift,” The Weeknd added.
Following the show’s June 4 premiere, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye was criticized for his “comically bad” performance. Meanwhile, Variety described the singer’s acting skills as “non-existent”.