Katy Perry Gives 19-Year-Old 'American Idol' Contestant His First Kiss

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

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ABC's ratings expectations are in line with the current climate.

"The Royals", 10 p.m. (E!): Season-four premiere of the drama about a fictional English royal family; Robert gains popularity on his coronation tour, while Jasper and Liam have information that could end his reign. The ABC "Idol", however, puts far less emphasis on withering comments about bad auditions and off-key performances.

And also something of a first. Increasing interest in this roll of the programming dice is that, on Mondays, "Idol" will be doing battle with NBC's "The Voice", the show that stole the music-competition reality thunder. Good ol' American Idol!

Yes, despite the sexual misconduct allegations against him, Seacrest returns to his role as American Idol host.

American Idol's new judging panel comprised of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie apparently consider themselves the Dream Team.

The question is whether enough people are excited or curious about "Idol's" return, and then get hooked enough to stick around and sustain a decent-sized audience. The show began to delight more in the bad singers (the William Hungs of the world) than the good ones.

ABC also will use Radio Disney to promote the show, and there are myriad platforms for shortform spinoff content. Warning: It's not pretty.

Catie Turner is going to Hollywood and moving to the next round of the competition. The season two finale (Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken) attracted 38 million viewers. ABC burned off the remainder of the season in June and July.

That is, if anyone had actually watched.

A magician assists the Federal Bureau of Investigation in ABC's new series. They include Noah Davis, Garrett Jacobs, Kenedee Rittenhouse, Ron Bultongez, Maddi Zahm, Johnny White, Laine Hardy, Kristyn Harris, Samuel Swanson, Layla Spring, Camero Theodos, Gabbi Jones, Thaddeus Johnson, William Cassanova, Michelle Sussett, Mara Justine, Trevor Holmes, and Grace Walker.

There goes ABC, desperately trying to reinvent the real.

EPISODE 2 OFFICIAL ABC SYNOPSIS: "American Idol" heads to New York, Savannah, Los Angeles and New Orleans as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network ... streaming and on demand. But the show, at its core, works in format and works in premise. According to media buyers, the network is guaranteeing a 1.8 rating in the key 18-to-49 demographic, which seems achievable with seven days of delayed viewing factored in. But it didn't come back.

The American Idol victor is determined by television viewers through public voting.

Where all of Israel is located within one time zone, though, the US spans several, which made things much more complicated. There are not many bad auditions in the first episode, but even the worst ones don't necessarily qualify as awful.

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