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

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"Extra's" Renee Bargh sat down with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan ahead of the "American Idol" premiere!

The first celebrity signed for the new "Idol", Perry was a guest judge on the earlier version and has scored a major payday - reportedly, $25 million - for joining the program full time. We'll see Davis, a nursing major at Arkansas Tech University, audition before judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

American Idol premieres Sunday, March 11, at 8 pm ET on ABC. Another Idol contestant has a backstory that features a cameo from Robin Roberts. We see, as before, crowds of would-be contestants eager to prove they have what it takes for a "golden ticket to Hollywood" and next-round tryouts.

The return of American Idol is major news as it's the original talent search that launched the careers of a number of the industry's biggest names: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood, among others. "I got back home, and I was like, 'Did I really just do that?"

Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest, who represents the heart and soul of the show, returns as host of the beloved series to walk with these Idol hopefuls through this adventure toward stardom. Plus with Ryan Seacrest still in the hosting seat, what could be better?

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We'll each have different people that we're rooting for I'm sure, ' clarified the platinum pop sensation, 'but the great thing is that America is really the one that chooses so that's exciting'. "I was like, 'It would be really super cool if I got second and you got first, because the victor has to do the movie and the second one doesn't'".

"We really encourage them". After just one short year off from its regular TV cycle the Idol series is back for its 16th season!

To borrow a song title, Luke, we're "Drunk on You". "I consider myself the instructor basically". Yes, that means no Simon Cowell (or wannabe) on the judging panel.

For starters, the gimmick has been diluted by the numerous follow-up seasons (this will be the sixteenth "Idol") and various competitive shows.

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". NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says there are several reasons why this program should not have returned, but there's one powerful reason why it could work. Which is why he and the other judges often made those contestants sing an already existing hit. This strikes me as the whole dark thesis of American Idol in a nutshell - many try, only one succeeds - and makes me think Perry is the most essential addition to the musical thunderdome.

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