Watch American Idol season 16 premiere online

Revamped 'American Idol' reaches more than 10 million

News. Disney/ABC, which purchased the rights to American Idol in 2016, is rebooting the series after its Fox finale two years ago, with Seacrest returning to hosting duties.

The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday night at 8/7c on ABC, with episodes airing on Sunday and Monday nights throughout the season.

CAST: The judges this season are Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

The longtime American Idol host didn't have much of a presence in Sunday's premiere.

There really weren't signature "bad" auditions this time around, and most of the negativity came from the contestants rather than the judges. "We're quickly becoming one happy family with the auditions off to a picture-perfect start", Seacrest says early in the first episode, sounding like he's reading from the script of a Disney movie.

Watch American Idol season 16 premiere online
Watch American Idol season 16 premiere online

After 16 seasons, fans may think American Idol has lost the ability to surprise, but their latest hopeful is an unexpected one: Kelly Ripa.

Perry has dubbed the new judging crew the 'dream team, ' but will any of them be harsh enough to carry on Simon Cowell's tradition of brutal criticism?

They're natural and at ease with each other and the job, and usually clear and direct in their feedback, and this sportive trio is the best surprise about ABC's version of the show. She's got charm and charisma, and she's not afraid to have some spontaneous fun. Increasing interest in this roll of the programming dice is that, on Mondays, "Idol" will be doing battle with NBC's "The Voice", the show that stole the music-competition reality thunder. Still, numerous show's essential elements have been retained, including Ryan Seacrest as host. He may deny the allegations, but that did not stop the E! red carpet show before the Oscars last week from feeling comfortable. Can Seacrest shake those before this "Idol" returns, or will they follow him like the ghost of a scarlet letter? I stand by him. Mills insists that's doable: "Idol", he says, "looked like it had been neglected for a while on Fox, and as we've seen with any show - from "The Bachelor" to "Survivor" - there will always be ebbs and flows, but if you really take care of them, they can be strong assets".

Noah Davis of Royal, Arkansas meets the judges before his audition on "American Idol" on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

That's a decidedly sour note for an "Idol" trying to emphasize upbeat, inspiring and positive vibes. While they've corned the market on people looking for love in all the wrong places thanks to The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises, they've had no luck launching an Idol or The Voice of their own. But by all indications, they're aware that the last few seasons of "American Idol" didn't exactly produce memorable names. Eyes will be on the ratings.


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