What to expect to see on the return of 'American Idol'

Is it necessary? Was it missed? Sometimes you have to separate the story from what we're really going for. Is it worth the time it takes away?

Later this season, fans can use the app to vote for their favorite "American Idol" contestant to move forward. "To change the show drastically in terms of format, I think, would be a mistake".

The new season of American Idol is set to premiere with a two-hour special on March 11 at 8PM ET on ABC. In previous years, the original American Idol aired on the FOX network. For example, he is not there before and after every audition. Seacrest has denied the accusations.

A former colleague of Hardy's confirmed her claims; an investigation by E! found only that there was "insufficient evidence".

Perry laughed off the shortcoming: "I can't [name someone], because this is the first season of "American Idol". On the other side of that, though, we would've be shocked to see the series bringing in around a 1.5 and needed some of these DVR ratings in order to bring the show back to a 1.8.

If ABC has set lower expectations, then those can nearly certainly be met - not necessarily aspiring to become the music competition version of "America's Funniest Home Videos", but a franchise that can match or marginally improve upon those waning days on Fox.

The mocking isn't coming from an acerbic British judge, or from any of the judges, but from the producing and editing.

Watch the clip below to find out how the other two judges reacted.

In the first audition episode, the show will head to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville where aspiring singers will audition for a chance to see if they have what it takes to earn the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.

The days of William Hung are not over for American Idol.

What: The singing competition reality show returns on a new network. She's also the one most of the contestants want to meet, and she welcomes the attention, flirting with those who are willing-even giving one boy his first kiss. Simon Cowell became an overnight sensation in America simply because he wasn't nice to contestants! The show began to delight more in the bad singers (the William Hungs of the world) than the good ones.

Luke Bryan: "You have a great voice". Meeting the Idol judges - Katy, Lionel and Luke - made a big impression. They even give themselves credit for doing that, another dig at The Voice, though an entirely earned one. The Disney empire includes both ABC and the "Star Wars" franchise, so this should be abundantly clear to the corporate brass. Also intact is the goal of finding a music star - one such as Carrie Underwood, who built a blockbuster career after winning "Idol" in 2005 and whose voice-over opens the ABC show. I couldn't imagine how this could work.