Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Watch American Idol season 16 premiere online

Watch American Idol season 16 premiere online

I saw From Justin to Kelly in a theater.

And while I wasn't a full blown Claymate, did I see Clay Aiken in concert?

American Idol premieres tonight and you might see someone you know auditioning, hoping to get that golden ticket to Hollywood.

"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. But somewhere along the way, the show lost me.

"The lovely part about this is the judging". It was never the same after Paula and Simon left. It's a show that positions itself as the embodiment of the American dream, and then turns people's dreams into dollars for itself, frequently by making young people into mockeries, and, yes, sometimes turning them into stars. How about some more R29 goodness, right here? So just what makes an "American Idol?". I triple dare you. And I really didn't want to do a movie. Clearly, I wasn't being cynical enough.

The second episode of "American Idol" will air Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The singer says she's "excited for the new contestants". The stigma of music competition series (not to mention their failure to create big stars in recent years) may actively deter potential superstars from considering the show. But what qualities are they looking for in a contestant?

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Host Ryan Seacrest will walk us back into the show with its new judges' panel featuring Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryant. Simpson: The Lost Confession? in the same time slot, to be hosted by Soledad O'Brien.

Niceness prevails. Constructive criticism trumps any kind of cruel condescension.

"We were quite perplexed, but we got over it", Bryan joked to Seth Meyers about the country community's reaction to his newfound title. You can tell someone they aren't the right fit for the show without destroying their spirit. Luckily, the singer was able to salvage her career, and went on to release hit records like "Since You've Been Gone" and "Catch My Breath".

Perry previously was criticized for a "wig snatched" moment during the VMAs, but in the premiere she uses the phrase ("wig snatched, flown, out the door") with a contestant in a way that creates an instant moment of bonding and elevates that person, because she's using it in a way to indicate how impressed and moved she is. I mean, could anyone possibly be? After just one short year off from its regular TV cycle the Idol series is back for its 16th season!

"It's interesting. It's a little out of my comfort zone", Bryan revealed. But Perry is the breakout at the judges' table.

"We're a crossover package for sure", Richie added. There's the teen who botched "The Star-Spangled Banner" when she was 11. The show highlighted stellar singers like Ron, who captivated audiences with his powerful story of overcoming abuse in the Congo.

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