Katy Perry, her fame assured, wants American Idol to find a star

Even before we get to that first audition, the tone is set by an opening tribute to the power of music, narrated by fourth-season “Idol” champ Carrie Underwood.

Harper Grace has the unfortunate distinction of being listed as the worst singer of the national anthem under major search engines, but the Texas native was determined to impress in another way with this audition. Sixty percent of the auditions now fell into this category. “Well, we have to give it back”.

Ron Bultongez is a 22-year-old who emigrated from the Congo 10 years ago. I ended that article by saying, “This isn’t a goodbye – not really”. It will be particularly interesting to see how “Idol” fares Monday night, when it goes head-to-head with “The Voice”. No one appears to be aspiring to Simon Cowell’s old role of acid-tongued truth-teller (not that I didn’t miss him a little), and Bryan, in particular, is so eager to make the judging panel seem like a happy family that he declares them to be like “peas in a pod”.

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall’s No. 1 new drama, “The Good Doctor”; as well as “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” and “The Mayor”; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas “Designated Survivor”, “Quantico”, “Scandal” “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Once Upon a Time”. To be honest, I think we did a bit more of the former and less of the later. But there’s one big thing the new “Idol” has in its favor. “Everyone was crying. I was crying and then Luke Bryan came out, and he shakes my mom and dad’s hand and says, ‘You birthed a lovely mind, ‘ and all of that stuff”. I called it “Death by a Thousand Cuts”.

If Lauren Alaina hadn’t competed on American Idol, the 23-year-old country singer hopes that she would still be doing what she’s doing now – but coming in second place (to Scotty McCreery) during the 2011 season of the televised singing competition certainly helped jump-start her career. It was when we delayed the launch of “The X Factor” by a year. Without looking it up, tell me who won Season 15.

What: The singing competition reality show returns on a new network.

Welcome to American Idol! He doesn’t quite have that star look, but his voice and piano skills were there. She is a musical theater performer but brought her own song. That was not the plan. It will be interesting to see if American Idol can regain the stature it once had in its early years.

But let me end this by celebrating all that the people of FOX and its partners accomplished for over a decade. “We have moments where we’re softies”, he said. He’s going to Hollywood after all. It’s rare to create a cultural phenomenon, and we felt a responsibility to treat it with respect. Not so with the new “American Idol”. I get up and dance. Kobe sang an original song that started off with a blaring and hair-raising crescendo of the “THE DEEEEEEVIL” that was enough to make Katy Perry take her gloves off in defense of good music. They want those emotional eliminations later, so this is going to be one.

“The view that “Idol” was failing is only valid if you compare it to its peak”, FremantleMedia chief executive Cecile Frot-Coutaz told the Wall Street Journal.

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