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The judges, moreover, possess undeniable charm.

New judge Lionel Richie jokingly told ET in November that judging alongside Katy Perry and Luke Bryan felt like teaching Kindergarten - and he wasn't kidding. They also seem to be thrilled with the gig itself.

I wondered if this might be related to his former stylist, Suzie Hardie, saying he harassed her for years, claims that included, as Variety reported, "grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later". Yet the music is just starting, and, if nothing else, ABC's determination to bring back "American Idol" is emerging as the most intriguing programming ploy of the current season. On occasion, the runner up lucks out and is given a recording contract as well, but they don't get the luxury of calling themselves an "American Idol".

Noah Davis of Royal, Arkansas meets the judges before his audition on "American Idol" on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Why bring back this faded music competition now?

He didn't make it to Hollywood, but he did become Perry's No. 1 fan.

My hope, however, was that ABC's iteration of "American Idol" would find a way - or at least meaningfully attempt to find a way - to overcome those challenges and make viewers care. ABC will, however, probably get a decent-sized ratings upgrade. "Idol" remains in its own league when it comes to building emotional "narratives".

According to the network, no North Carolina "Idol" hopefuls are featured in the first two episodes, but contestants may turn up in later episodes.

The aforementioned criticism about talent pools notwithstanding, a few of the auditions are truly excellent from a vocal standpoint.

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During its vacation and shift to another, happier, "family-friendly" network, American Idol has not lost that mean streak. One of the most memorable auditions is delivered by Catie Turner.

Sussett applied for American Idol auditions in 2015, but that didn't go anywhere. While not much has changed, there are certainly some things to look forward to.

It, for starters, needs to reconnect with what drives "Idol". "I consider myself the instructor basically". Do you remember who won that final season two years ago? The show aired its finale on April 7, 2016, so ABC is betting that an appetite for a reboot has developed in less than two years. That is a huge mistake. The judges never tell people they suck.

The problem is that they generally appear too committed to their fun, laid-back approach.

Why did super-busy music superstars Katy, Luke, and Lionel want to join the show? They will come back to Hollywood and then they'll have to step up. But if you don't have cable or an antenna, Sling Television offers a seven-day free trial, and it can get you access to ABC's live programming.

Interact with the show by playing trivia and answering questions about the show.

Oh, and let's not forget: they are already big stars. "But it ended up being the best decision I ever made", he said.

Here's what you need to know when the series returns Sunday night. But Richie also brings decades of experience to the team as a five-time Grammy victor, one of the world's best-selling artists of all time and if you aren't sold yet, Michael Jackson's co-writer on "We are the World" among other massive Richie hits.

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