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The 'American Idol' Reboot Won't Feature Bad Auditions!

American Idol is nearly back on the air – but one familiar tradition isn’t making the cut in the upcoming reboot: the bad auditions.

During the 2018 Winter TCA Press Tour on Monday (January 8), showrunner Trish Kinane revealed why they’ve opted not to include the auditions featuring bad singers.

“It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them,” she said.

“I think that people once thought that the judges saw everyone, and now you know there’s a line of producers who screen before them. We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”

American Idol returns on March 11.

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, & Lionel Richie Talk 'American Idol' at Winter TCA Press Tour 2018

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie teamed up at the 2018 Winter TCA Press Tour!

The singers took the stage during the ABC/Disney portion of the event held at The Langham Huntington on Monday (January 8) in Pasadena, Calif.

Katy looked stunning in a semi-sheer black and white checked ensemble, white pumps, gold jewelry, and red lipstick.

All three will serve as judges on the upcoming American Idol reboot, set to premiere on March 11 on ABC. Auditions kicked off back in August, and 23 cities were visited to try and find the next big talent.

Also in attendance were host Ryan Seacrest and several executive producers.

Watch a video of Luke and Ryan hanging out backstage below!

Go dawgs!!!

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Watch First Three 'American Idol' Auditions for 2018 Season!

The first three auditions for American Idol‘s reboot on ABC have been released!

The auditions – featuring Texas’ Britney Holmes, 28, Montana’s Maris, 18 and New York’s Dominique Smith, 21 – aired during the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19).

All three of the ladies did not make it through to Hollywood, but the judges – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan – selected them to come back and audition again, for America this time.

You can vote now at AmericanIdol.com/Vote and send one of the contestants through to Hollywood. The winner will be announced during Dancing With the Stars on Monday night (November 20).

Go place your votes now!

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American Idol's New Judges Explain Why They Are All Nice

Don’t expect any of American Idol‘s three new judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – to be mean to contestants the way Simon Cowell was on the show.

The three entertainers told Variety that none of them would take on the Simon “role.”

“We’re artists, not record company executives or critics,” Luke said. “These 15- and 16 year-olds are still a couple of years away, but you can see their promise, the potential. We’re not there to discourage them. If we word it wrong, they may give up all up.”

“Young kids take things to heart. I can be sarcastic as all get out, and even a little snarky,” Katy added. “Like Simon, I’m also a truth-teller, a straight shooter. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to tell anyone they suck. It’s not about that.”

Pictured inside: Luke, Katy, and Lionel arriving for an American Idol taping on Thursday (November 16) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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'American Idol' Reboot Gets Premiere Date!

The American Idol reboot officially has a premiere date!

Ryan Seacrest, the host of the reboot, announced the news on Live! with Kelly and Ryan this morning. So be sure to mark your calendars – the show will premiere on Sunday, March 11, 2018 on ABC.

Auditions kicked off back in August and 23 cities were visited to try and find the next big talent. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are all sitting on the judges panel for season one.

WILL YOU BE WATCHING the brand new American Idol reboot??

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Katy Perry Celebrates Birthday Early with an 'American Idol' Puppy Party!

Katy Perry lets out her excitement upon being presented with a puppy themed party to celebrate her upcoming birthday!

The party was thrown during the latest auditions for American Idol on Friday (October 20) in Nashville, Tenn.

Katy was joined by her fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as the show’s host Ryan Seacrest. Her actual birthday is on October 25.

The Nashville auditions happened the day after Katy played the city on her Witness World Tour. “SMASHVILLE aka Nashville u were an INCREDIBLE time tonight! Thanks for teaching me how 2write a real song & sticking by me all these years,” she tweeted.

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'American Idol' Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Share Thoughts on Las Vegas Shooting on 'GMA'

American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan shared their thoughts on the Las Vegas shooting while making their first appearance together on Good Morning America on Wednesday (October 3) in New York City.

“It’s horrible. I think that everybody feels like their heart has just been ripped out of their chest,” Katy, 32, expressed. “We just don’t know when it’s going to happen again and we’re all trying to figure out the answers. I’m not saying I have the answers, and I pray every day. But the one thing we have to remember is prayer without action is powerless.”

“We have to have some action,” Katy continued. “We have to take an unfortunate, good, hard look at what our rules and our boundaries are with gun reform. No one is saying, ‘Take away your guns,’ but we just don’t necessarily need assault rifles, assault weapons.”

“We see the fans. We look at the faces every night on stage. We live for that,” Lionel, 68, added. “They blow the kisses, they sing every word to us. To think for a moment we are now getting to a stage where live performances are in jeopardy — the worst nightmare we ever have in life is something like that would happen.”

FYI: Katy is wearing a Christopher Kane dress.

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