Does America need the American Idol reboot right now?

Does America need the American Idol reboot right now?

The show's two-hour premiere Sunday night on its new network, ABC, showed a kinder, gentler side of the singing competition, which previously ran for 15 seasons on Fox.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap.

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are at the judges' table this time around and fortunately - or maybe unfortunately - there isn't a Simon Cowell-type in the bunch.

Since singing competition shows are television's most inexhaustible genre, American Idol is back after a blink-and-you-missed-it two years off the air. While the zombie apocalypse drama last week eked out its worst numbers in seven years-you'd have to go all the way back to the fifth episode (Nov. 28, 2010) in order to find an installment of "Walking Dead" that averaged a lower demo delivery than last Sunday's 2.9-AMC's flagship series still beats out everything else on the tube in the target audience. I can understand why any of the singers I mentioned above would be someone's favorite because I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next as well. I can see her belting it out on the Idol stage, but her audition proved that she can showcase her big voice without letting it get out of control; that's key.

Similarly, 16-year-old Kentucky waitress Layla Spring also makes the cut, but not before Lionel warns her, "I don't want to give you that opportunity and then you get [to Hollywood] and it destroys you".

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Michelle Sussett, 22, Miami, FL: Originally from Venezuela, the super-energetic singer performed a song in Spanish and then turned some music on and forced the judges to get up and dance with her.

Maddie, a 19-year-old college student from Clarksville, IA, sang "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, and Lionel insisted they need her on the show.

Harper Grace majorly redeemed herself in her audition after being known for a disaster of a National Anthem performance at just 11 years old. "Your first kiss was Katy Perry".

Who do you think had the best audition of the night? They were extremely appreciative, and Katy Perry even put her cat motif socks on her hands before Zach launched into Sinatra.

The last performer of the night was Dennis Lorenzo, who carried his own trauma from childhood along with his guitar bearing a hole. Katy and Treavor did some major flirting, but alas, he has a girlfriend.and a golden ticket. She is also the first to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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