American Idol Is Back and Desperate to Inspire You

Luke Bryan

Because if Katy Perry's recent comments are to be believed, it sure sounds like this season's American Idol judges - Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie - are going to change things up in a MAJOR way! Since the first episodes of the show revolve around auditions, those were pre-taped.

"Yes, there definitely were doubts because you don't want to throw this parade and have nobody come".

For starters, the gimmick has been diluted by the numerous follow-up seasons (this will be the sixteenth "Idol") and various competitive shows.

If Lauren Alaina hadn't competed on American Idol, the 23-year-old country singer hopes that she would still be doing what she's doing now - but coming in second place (to Scotty McCreery) during the 2011 season of the televised singing competition certainly helped jump-start her career. They're genuinely excited to have the chance to make someone's dreams come true. Whether it was strategic, due to his name being in the news over sexual harassment allegations (which he has denied), or purely for scheduling reasons (he's on Live With Kelly and Ryan), we'll never know. "Idol" closed out with 11 million viewers - decent even by 2016 standards - and producer FremantleMedia began to shop for a new network.

All of that, and still choruses of doubt greet this kinder, gentler incarnation of "American Idol". It rarely comes across as a special, transcendental journey to find the next star. Which is fine. But there are certain moments that lean into that good ol" "merican impulse a little too much.

Where all of Israel is located within one time zone, though, the USA spans several, which made things much more complicated. "I consider myself the instructor basically".

"There's such an incredible mutual respect and everybody has their strengths and knows their different wheelhouses", Perry told GMA in an interview previous year. Episodes will be airing on Sundays and Mondays until late April when it shifts to Sundays. It does not leverage as proof of why "Idol" needed to return. "But they are honest judges", says Mills.

Idol has a two-hour premiere tonight and we'll be back here at 8PM ET right here to watch along so feel free to use this post as an open thread for your Idol chatting! If you remained committed to the past few seasons of FOX's "Idol" and/or continue to support music competition series, you will not have any major complaints about the episode. "They're not pushovers, there is no one mean judge".

You will most likely not, however, experience renewed senses of energy or objective.

Katy Perry surprised 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze from Enid, Oklahoma on Sunday's premiere of American Idol with his first kiss while vying for a spot in Hollywood.



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