New 'American Idol' Will Be 'More Compassionate,' Judges Reveal

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Perry believes in the platform so much that she gushed, "Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star". Seacrest is joined by new panelists Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, who will try to make their mark and get TV audiences to come back to the show we all thought was over. The series returns with a two-hour premiere Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Grace Walker of San Juan Capistrano auditions on "American Idol" which after a one-year absence returns to TV on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

During an October interview on Good Morning America, the judges opened up about working on the American Idol reboot, and discussed what they were planning to look for on their journey to find undiscovered talent.

Katy Perry explained her job as a judge is "a real "pay it forward" moment".

Make no mistake, the landscape has changed greatly since "American Idol" first premiered. We're artists, and we know exactly how to critique talent, so all the things that I was going to put in my video and my CD and my master class, I'm actually going to be able to tell the "students" in person.

One of the controversies surrounding the upcoming American Idol revival is the sexual harassment allegations against its longtime host Seacrest.

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A few minutes later, the two singers huddled around a hotel-lobby piano with country star Luke Bryan for a very loose version of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There".

"I just sit there on the table and I'm like, 'really Lionel? you hung out with Prince and Michael and Whitney?" The producers are continuing with Season 16 as if there had not been a two-year gap on another network. And "Timeless" visits Marie Curie and the French front in World War I.

AUDITIONS SCHEDULE: Episode 1 of the auditions incorporates hopefuls in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Tennessee and it premieres tonight.

Nay-sayers also point out that at least part of the appeal of the Fox "Idol" was the judging panel's personalities, particularly the notorious acidity of sinister Simon Cowell. "Now, I'm not saying you should come on the show because you're homeless and I'll feel sorry for you". Channing Dungey, ABC's Entertainment president told THR that "we stand by the results of the investigation". Sometimes you have to separate the story from what we're really going for. "Something about you is pretty dad-gummed inspiring", the judge says.

"What kind of star do you want?". She's also the one most of the contestants want to meet, and she welcomes the attention, flirting with those who are willing-even giving one boy his first kiss. He and Perry exchange a "Wig, Snatched" that suggests the kid's not such a rube after all, and their bonding is all the sweeter for being lost on the other judges.

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