American Idol is back after a two-year (almost) break

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During its run on Fox, from 2002 to April 2016, the reality competition featured many North Carolinians, including Fantasia Barrino, Scotty McCreery, Clay Aiken, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Bucky Covington, R.J. Helton, Caleb Johnson, and Anoop Desai making it into the finals.

In American Idol tradition, the first episode is, at two hours, far longer than it needs to be, especially considering that another two-hour audition episode airs on Monday night. Sundays with "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Shark Tank".

ABC is investing significantly in the Idol franchise, part of a synergistic play among several ABC/Disney properties.

And also something of a first. The network is pretty much 0-for-the-21st century in that regard.

They're natural and at ease with each other and the job, and usually clear and direct in their feedback, and this sportive trio is the best surprise about ABC's version of the show.

On Sunday, American Idol is officially an ABC show - so we're telling you how to watch American Idol online and watch American Idol live this weekend to catch the first episode of the new season on its new network.

"Extra's" Renee Bargh sat down with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan ahead of the "American Idol" premiere! Are Perry and company enough to get your to give "Idol" another shot?

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Here are the music shows ABC has aired since 2000. The season two finale (Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken) attracted 38 million viewers.

"American Idol" producers say the format will be the same. ABC burned off the remainder of the season in June and July.

"There's such an incredible mutual respect and everybody has their strengths and knows their different wheelhouses", Perry told GMA in an interview a year ago.

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

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.

Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles chose two singers each to perform duets with them each week.

On the other hand, the new judges are the most obvious point of differentiation from the past few seasons on FOX. 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. "You come back at 21". The show can (and must), however, make certain improvements moving forward. "Maybe you're a Broadway star, maybe you're in voice-over, maybe you're gonna do jingles".