American Idol review: Can it rise from the ashes?

American Idol review: Can it rise from the ashes?

Katy Perry has promised she'll be a "straight shooter" as a judge on "American Idol". 16-year-old Harper Grace is known for her viral video of one of the worst performances of the national anthem, but she got some redemption during her Idol audition.

However, months before its premiere, "Idol" had, shall we say, a rocky start. As a Fox executive described it, after the series was canceled (ratings dropped and costs were rising), production company FremantleMedia was "determined to get this show back on the air as quickly as possible". Also, for the first time in "American Idol" history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.

Producers of the revamped show said they wanted judges with credibility and the result was a new three-person panel consisting of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. "And one more time - this is so tough", he said, getting choked up as he looked into the camera. And Luke, of course, I've known from before, and we met and had an instant southern-boy connection, right away. Now it's "American Idol" hoping once more to be crowned a victor.

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Bryan, on the other hand, is more concerned about having to give tough comments to contestants, saying that he is not like Simon Cowell, who is known for his harsh remarks.

"I do remember Justin and I having the conversation before, and I was like, 'I don't want to win, I don't want to win, ' because we found out we had to do a movie", Clarkson told Entertainment Weekly in September.

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. Prior to the original show going off the air, Perry was a guest judge on the show and was direct, to say the least, with the contestants. I couldn't imagine how this could work. Read on below for the TV schedule of the show's episodes, live stream info, and more show details. ABC is the new network that has ordered 19 episodes to air over 38 hours on Sunday and Monday nights.

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