'American Idol': What do you think of the new judges?

Luke Bryan

But one thing we did notice was that he wasn't around a whole lot.

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Not fooling around!' As we get closer to the real deal I can nearly feel that we're going to be able to voice our opinions, ' he said, before adding the fighting words: 'I'm bringing my mace!' Which is fine. But there are certain moments that lean into that good ol" "merican impulse a little too much. And Kelly Ripa's daytime show also was a "very desirable booking", notes one Fox source.

If you've missed the commercials, "American Idol" returned to the air Sunday night for its 16th season premiere, this time on ABC. But executives at ABC and Fremantle seem irked (and perhaps rightly) by the persistent questions about Idol's financial viability. Read on below for the TV schedule of the show's episodes, live stream info, and more show details.

There are other odd pronouncements, such as when Seacrest arrives on set, just a year and a few months after the Fox show ended, and declares, "I've waited a lifetime for this".

Yet talent salaries in the final seasons had ballooned to $45 million (Jennifer Lopez was pulling down $20 million; Seacrest, Idol's sole constant, was making $15 million).

In case you've been living on a remote island with forgotten "Idol" contests of days past, here's what you should know about the show's return.

But all Death Stars come to an end.

Now, like a high-priced free agent touted as the savior of a struggling sports franchise, "Idol" will attempt to reverse 18 years of low-rated and ill-fated history for ABC with regard to music shows. But can you rebuild the Death Star? The show had a not-bad start (1.5 in adults 18-49) but couldn't sustain it, finishing at 1.1, along with 4.08 million viewers, for its lone season.

The judges will bring their own personalities and style to the judges' panel. Sensibility-wise, though, ABC's Idol is different. In the first two hours alone, there are several This person is ridiculous and/or ugly so they probably can't sing, wait, OMG did you hear that?! auditions, and one of them is introduced with the Andy Griffith Show's theme song to make sure viewers have a strong sense of who he is etched into their mind before he starts singing. 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 judges couldn't have been more in love, setting the stage for another 90 minutes of consistently good auditions. It'll be a fast-paced season so buckle up and get ready for the fun.

"If you want a cheap show, don't make American Idol", says Frot-Coutaz.

With all of the success of NBC's "The Voice" overshadowing it's older, trailblazing singing-competition show, the student became the master. Accused by his former stylist of harassing her over a period of years, Seacrest (as well as E!) has denied the claims.

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