We're less than a week away from the season premiere of American Idol, so we're giving you details on what to expect from the ABC reboot! The competition will take place on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 8 p.m. EST and will feature 23 cities from across the country in search of the next big Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.
ICYMI, only the good auditions — which took place back in August — will be featured. During the 2018 Winter TCA Press Tour on Jan. 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." Ugh.
There are also changes when it comes to the judges' table. Keep scrolling to find out who will be sending contestants on to Hollywood — or sending them home:
In an interview with Billboard last year, the "Chained to the Rhythm" star said, "This is the dream team." She added, "I think there is still talent out there to be discovered. I mean, we live in the age of the Internet. The music industry is constantly changing, it's in flux right now. I think there are still stars, and diamonds in the rough."
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like anyone will be taking on the role of Simon Cowell. "We're artists, not record company executives or critics," insisted Luke Bryan to Variety. "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."
When Lionel Richie isn't slamming his teen daughter's relationship with Scott Disick, the crooner is helping up-and-coming singers perfect their craft. "I was so shy as a 15-year-old. I didn't have the confidence to walk out on that stage and do what these kids do," he shared.