'American Idol' is officially back - can it overcome its rocky start?

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After asking why people had encouraged Kobe to come on the new season of American Idol she asked her this biting, existential question: "You don't listen to music like that, right?"

Because if Katy Perry's recent comments are to be believed, it sure sounds like this season's American Idol judges - Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie - are going to change things up in a MAJOR way!

Although his American Idol journey premiers tonight, he's been uploading videos to YouTube over the past four years of him singing both original songs and covers. One in particular, he reveals, shows a lot of promise - enough to impress the country singer.

Watch his story on NewsWatch 12 at 5 and 6. "You've got three different faces". "I'm always looking for the biggest one".

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Everyone's favorite singing competition, American Idol, is back from the dead-or, more aptly, American Idol is back from a nap. On occasion, the runner up lucks out and is given a recording contract as well, but they don't get the luxury of calling themselves an "American Idol". In episode two of auditions, Idol hopefuls, including a shoe salesman from Washington D.C., a construction worker from Southern California and a student from Louisiana, sing their hearts out for the judges to see if they have what it takes to earn a ticket to Hollywood. There are still the odd contestants who think they know more than the judges (that's life), but there are many others who are kind, sweet, and excited to be in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.

Bryan, on the other hand, is more concerned about having to give tough comments to contestants, saying that he is not like Simon Cowell, who is known for his harsh remarks.

The days of William Hung are not over for American Idol. I couldn't imagine how this could work. Ryan Seacrest announced the news today on "Live with Kelly and Ryan".

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