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What you need to know about the return of 'American Idol'

12 March 2018

Two years after its exit on Fox, the revival of the reality singing competition that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson comes to ABC with new judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, starting with hopefuls auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville; 8 p.m. Sunday on KOMO.

The new "American Idol" season premieres on Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Watch his story on NewsWatch 12 at 5 and 6. "It's not a fun ride, it's fun from the standpoint of your skill but it's not easy and what I want you to know, we've heard no, I've heard no, do it better write that lyric better sing it better and by the way I'm still trying to get it right 40 years later", Richie said.

This "American Idol" retains the show's original host, Ryan Seacrest, along with the same logo and production companies.

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Perry laughed off the shortcoming: "I can't [name someone], because this is the first season of "American Idol". "Oh my gosh, I'm the most coachable!" the always-effervescent Ripa answered. While it's not exactly the parade of ridicule that the show leaned into early in its life, the producers have delivered several delusional and bad singers to the judges.

The days of William Hung are not over for American Idol.

The judges will bring their own personalities and style to the judges' panel.

"There's no dismissing and just sending off and saying, "You suck". For now, Perry, Bryan, and Richie are the only judges scheduled to appear.

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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. According to journalist/author Richard Rushfield's the Ankler newsletter, producers panicked and threw $25 million at pop star Katy Perry, as they felt pressure to secure a big-name judge before they presented the show to advertisers at the May upfronts.

Luke says he's also looking for a combination of things.

Will it be awkward with Ryan Seacrest out there?

How can I watch it?

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What you need to know about the return of 'American Idol'