'American Idol' 2018: What Does The Season 16 Winner Get?

Posted March 12, 2018

Everyone's favorite singing competition, American Idol, is back from the dead-or, more aptly, American Idol is back from a nap.

It would be foolish to expect the show, which ended a 15-season run on FOX not quite two years ago, even to approach the heights it reached at its mid-2000s peak. Like the original American Idol, we have to sit through a round of auditions before we get to the actual competitors.

Noah Davis of Royal, Arkansas meets the judges before his audition on "American Idol" on Sunday, March 11, 2018. As a Fox executive described it, after the series was canceled (ratings dropped and costs were rising), production company FremantleMedia was "determined to get this show back on the air as quickly as possible". Here's all you need to know.

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.

Katy claimed that, in the past, some TV singing competitions have looked to make fun of certain constants. Throughout the last two years, there was talk that it would return.

The first season of "Making the Band" averaged about 7 million viewers in the spring of 2000 - marginal for the time, but in the same neighborhood as the Friday-night comedies ("The Hughleys", "Boy Meets World" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch") it followed. There are not many bad auditions in the first episode, but even the worst ones don't necessarily qualify as awful.

Seacrest went ahead to prep judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan, telling them that it's been Ripa's dream to audition for a spot in the show.

The judges will bring their own personalities and style to the judges' panel.

Watch his performance on the video below. They replaced Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr, who judged in the previous three seasons. Also intact is the goal of finding a music star - one such as Carrie Underwood, who built a blockbuster career after winning "Idol" in 2005 and whose voice-over opens the ABC show. However, the show will return to television on a new network with something old and something new.

When the allegations were brought to E!'s attention, the network conducted an investigation and ultimately cleared Seacrest of any wrongdoing. We'll find out Sunday when the ABC chapter begins. He doesn't tell people they're bad; he tells them that, for one reason or another, they're just not ready. But Lionel changes his vote to YES. Katy asks rhetorically. "I'm always looking for the biggest one". "I don't want to give you the opportunity, and then you get there and it destroys you".