EXCLUSIVE: Debby Ryan Channels Her Inner Paula Abdul on YouTube Red’s ‘American Idol’ Send-Up, ‘SING IT!’

by Brice Sander 7:07 AM PDT, April 13, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Debby Ryan Channels Her Inner Paula Abdul on YouTube Red’s ‘American Idol’ Send-Up, ‘SING IT!’

If you’re mourning the end of American Idol after 15 seasons, YouTube Red might just have the answer with SING IT! ET has your exclusive first look at the new scripted comedy, set to premiere soon on the premium subscription streaming service.

The 10-episode satire from the Fine Brothers and Mandeville Films takes viewers behind the scenes of TV’s (fictional) longest-running singing competition series (sound familiar?), where we’ll meet “quirky contestants, duplicitous executives and a rollicking crew.”

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Mircea Monroe stars as Stacey Needles, a producer who thinks she’s taking over the show... until indie producer Drew (Mark Sullivan) shows up. Missi Pyle and Debby Ryan -- as a quirky judge! -- also star.

The cast of YouTube Red's SING IT! Photo: YouTube

Expect incredible performances from talented vocalists on each episode, including YouTuber Sam Tsui, former The Voice contestant Leah Lewis and even some American Idol alums! Ace Young will guest star, as will his wife and fellow Idol star Diana DeGarmo. And get this -- viewers will actually get to vote for the winner of the show-within-a-show!

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SING IT! premieres soon on YouTube Red, but viewers will get their first extended look at the series at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

There’s a ton of original content already available on YouTube Red, including Lilly Singh’s documentary, A Trip to Unicorn Island. Check out Lilly’s adorable reaction to her film’s big premiere in the video below.