Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Million Viewers Show Up for 'American Idol' Reboot Premiere

Million Viewers Show Up for 'American Idol' Reboot Premiere

The show, which has undergone a makeover with new judges-Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan-and a new network (ABC), is proof the series can still hit some sweet notes 16 years after its original debut on Fox.

Nowhere has seen higher highs and lower lows when it comes to reality television than the American Idol audition stage.

It was still a plus for ABC.

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The season 16 premiere, which saw 10.3 million viewers tuning in, featured a lot of talented singers.

ABC says the Deception premiere was its best scripted bow in the time period since the beginning of Quantico in September of 2015. She called this a "pinch me" kind of moment that ended with three "yes" votes and that shiny golden ticket to Hollywood. "I can't take it down, dumba****", she said while walking out of the audition. The crop of talent was better than that of The Voice and The X-Factor and the format, with intimate auditions set in across the U.S., allowed for the contestants' real, observable growth. And 16-year-old Harper Grace landed a well-deserved ticket to Hollywood after she confessed that she went viral at age 11 for a truly bad rendition of the national anthem.

The program was seen by 4.4 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m.

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Perry, Richie and Bryan just stared at 26-year-old Koby, who bragged about her musical theater abilities and then had an atrocious audition.

Jokes aside, it really was all fun and games and, in the end, the judges gave Sussett a golden ticket to Hollywood, because they thought she was super fun. But Alyssa proved what I've said countless times - it doesn't matter how old you are because talent is talent. "She don't want you bein' nice, boy!" he barked. Sunday night we got a first glimpse at the competition, and a chance to see how two singer/songwriters from the DE valley did when given their big shot at singing for the judges.

Layla, a 16-year-old high school student from Marion County, KY, performed "Who's Lovin' You" by the Jackson Five.

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