The judges are #Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.
The network has shown its gratitude by forking over a reported $25 million for the "Roar" hitmaker to headline the reboot of "American Idol" that premieres Sunday and will go up against "The Voice" the following night.
For the Disney-owned network, Idol is a company-wide play: ABC kicked off auditions at Disney Spring, the entertainment complex at Disney World in Orlando, and contestants are expected to make promotional stops on ABC's Good Morning America and Live With Kelly and Ryan.
There also seems to be a bit more humanity in Idol 2.0, with fewer auditions for truly awful singers sent in just so we can laugh at and mock them, and more of those meant-to-be-heartwarming segments that show the singers back home in their real lives.
For Bryan, signing up for "American Idol" came down to a simple gut reaction.
"I think Katy is going to bring a lot of love to the table", Richie says at one point, plotting a course.
Yes, despite the sexual misconduct allegations against him, Seacrest returns to his role as American Idol host. Ryan Seacrest is still here (for now). 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!' "I remember being inspired by it as a young musician", Bryan said.
American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller. Instead, they suggest that certain singers simply aren't well-suited to American Idol. Do we really need this in our lives? I've had the opportunity to do some TV stuff through the years and turned it down because I always focused on touring.
Leading that charge is a new judging panel that, at least in the first two hours, is less interested in critique than it is in a rapid education.
More than once, they're cautious about who they send through to Hollywood, either doing so with warnings or sometimes saying no to someone who's good but just not good for this.
This season also brings many more original songs to the auditioning process.
KATY PERRY: "Really? I think that people are not telling you the truth". She kindly tells contestants that other people are quite simply out-singing them or that they need to continue to work on their skills or that their voice is better suited for a different medium. Fans of the show are anxious to see how the new judges will compare to the various other celebrities who judged previous episodes.