Ashland Native to Appear on American Idol

Revamped 'American Idol' reaches more than 10 million

The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home. What else will change about the show?

I was initially concerned that the show was again going in the celebrity judge direction, and especially after her hosting of the MTV Video Music Awards, Katy Perry's expensive casting did not give me hope.

"It's different, obviously, because of these personalities", says Seacrest, who also will continue his weekday "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host duties, "but the show, at its core, works in format and works in premise". On Friday, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died in a courtroom after appealing to Perry asking the singer to "please stop" her purchase of a $14.5 million 8-acre parcel of land in Los Angeles.

The judges will bring their own personalities and style to the judges' panel. I know it wasn't an overnight success for me; it's not going to be for them. Maybe you're a songwriter.

When "American Idol" first aired, the original trio included Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

Three out of the 15 seasons to date ended with Tarheels as the winners: Barrino from High Point, McCreery from Garner and Johnson from Asheville.

"And then, "American Idol" happens, and I jumped right on it".

It was Seacrest who hinted on Fox's May 2016 finale that there might be more "Idol" to come.

But that doesn't fit with Seacrest's American Idol image, and, as Sonia Saraiya writes in a must-read column about the immunity he's been given, "it is convenient for many wealthy and powerful entities in the industry to believe him - and correspondingly inconvenient to believe her". "We need those attractive stories right now to help lift us up, inspire us, and believe in ourselves again". Even "The Voice" knows how to mix things up to keep the show fresh.

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