In the season premiere, viewers will watch music hopefuls from cities around the USA try out for the show. Only 13.3 million people were still around to watch the finale.
Three out of the 15 seasons to date ended with Tarheels as the winners: Barrino from High Point, McCreery from Garner and Johnson from Asheville. However, Ryan Seacrest, who has been hosting the show since its start in 2002, will return for the new season as well. But just when music lovers were beginning to get over it, ABC announced its return with Season 16 previous year after acquiring the rights to the series.
It's been almost two years since the show aired what was to be its final season, before being picked up for a reboot by ABC.
"American Idol" producers say the format will be the same. ABC is the new network that has ordered 19 episodes to air over 38 hours on Sunday and Monday nights.
American Idol is back, and just as much of a tear-jerker as ever.
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The reboot's early episodes include pre-taped auditions held in cities including New York; Savannah, Georgia; Los Angeles and New Orleans. Yes, that means no Simon Cowell (or wannabe) on the judging panel. Also intact is the goal of finding a music star - one such as Carrie Underwood, who built a blockbuster career after winning "Idol" in 2005 and whose voice-over opens the ABC show.
On May 16, 2017, an official announcement confirmed that Katy Perry, whose real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, was the first one selected to be a judge.
Of course he was referring to Lionel's 36-year-old reality star daughter Nicole Richie. His knowledge of singing makes him qualified to judge the competition.
Meanwhile, Lionel has been acting as a different sort of judge, as he reportedly admitted to disapproving of his daughter Sofia and her beau Scott Disick's relationship and even banned his daughter's boyfriend from attending a family event. It was announced on September 29, 2017, that he would fill the final seat. Guest judges may occasionally be invited.
Katy Perry has promised she'll be a "straight shooter" as a judge on "American Idol".