Though the singing competition helped ABC to win the night in viewers (8.2 million) and in the key 18-49 demographic (1.7 rating), Idol saw its lowest-rated season premiere ever, falling 23 percent from its prior season premiere (3.0 in January of 2016) on Fox.
Despite the sexual allegations against Ryan Seacrest, he is also back to host the show.
A Dodgeville singer/songwriter worked her way through the auditions.
American Idol returned after a two-year hiatus with a few notable changes, but it was still the same old Idol.
The first audition stop is New York City, where the first contestant is a 17-year-old with a guitar and a whole lot of personality. Perry said his presentation felt a bit "rushed", and added "maybe that's because I sped up your BPM".
That day in Nashville was a true test.
Performing in front of Lionel Richie, meant Julica was performing in front of one of her idols.
Tell us how you really feel, Katy Perry!
She did, but it wasn't quite enough. "It's not your language it's just for us".
The real test for "Idol" will be on Monday's when it goes up against NBC's The Voice.
American Idol is back! "At the end I was exhausted, I was really emotional, I was kind of angry".
"The life of a musician has its ups and downs, it's adventurous". The judges were afraid the music industry would eat sweet Layla alive and that she'd be "going into the fire", but they all said "yes" after realizing Layla was strong mentally and had confidence in herself.
It's been a long American Idol journey and one that's opened a lot of doors for Julica.
"Definitely to record an album".
Fresh off a stint on a Disney cruise, Jennifer Hudson stunned the judges with her confident rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Share Your Love with Me", which Jackson said was the best he'd heard in the show's three seasons so far. For a quick recap of the week, here are some of the highlights you just won't want to miss!
The show is on Sundays and Mondays from 7-9pm.