Judging the new American Idol judges

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

She shared the news about her audition for American Idol on Facebook, appearing before the judging panel comprised of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Tune in to see which contestants make it to the finale, and walk away with the opportunity of a lifetime when "American Idol" Season 16 premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Monday's two-hour episode, also airing at 8 p.m., follows judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan as they listen to auditions in New York, Savannah, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The network has shown its gratitude by forking over a reported $25 million for the "Roar" hitmaker to headline the reboot of "American Idol" that premieres Sunday and will go up against "The Voice" the following night. Another Idol contestant has a backstory that features a cameo from Robin Roberts.

"We are looking for something unusual - I am, in particular", Katy tells ABC Radio. American Idol airs Sundays at 8pm on ABC. I won't crucify anyone this year for being nice, even if they're just performatively nice. Host Ryan Seacrest - as closely identified with "Idol" as Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - has been drawn into the MeToo reckoning. Veteran host Ryan Seacrest is the only on-air talent form the FOX series that will play a role in the revival. "Maybe you're a Broadway star, maybe you're in voice-over, maybe you're gonna do jingles". 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.

"One day I was at college, and the next day I was on a plane to LA", he says.

I know about your story, and I respect your story, and I think it's attractive and inspiring.

But that doesn't fit with Seacrest's American Idol image, and, as Sonia Saraiya writes in a must-read column about the immunity he's been given, "it is convenient for many wealthy and powerful entities in the industry to believe him - and correspondingly inconvenient to believe her". Do we really need this in our lives?

"I love Luke! He's like a big brother to me", she says.

What she's saying there, I think, is: "I'm aware of how your personality is built for a touchy-feely reality show montage, but at some point you'll have to actually prove you can get onstage and wow us".

KATY PERRY: "Really? I think that people are not telling you the truth". "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.

Perry is no slouch herself: previous year, the pop superstar became the first artist in history to go "diamond" 3 times, passing the 10-million mark for record sales on three of her hits, "Roar", "Dark Horse" and "Firework". "Nobody's gonna wanna make it out with me".

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