For the majority of American Idol’s run on Fox (and ABC) piano and vocal maestro Michael Orland was content sitting behind the scenes, helping some of the show’s most memorable contestants deliver timeless performances. That all changed when, amidst the confines of the COVID-19 lockdown, Orland (pictured at top, fourth from right, with the Idols from season 16) took place front and center on camera as the genial host of Live with Michael, an Instagram Live weekly chat-fest that reunites him with a cavalcade of Idol alumni. The charm of Orland’s free-form guerilla-style show is that nothing is off-limits, and his history with the guests, delivers a natural rapport.
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