In the beginning of its initial run, American Idol had a pretty good track record when it came to finding talent who would succeed in show business, with alumni including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, and Jennifer Hudson. But as the show neared the end of its run on Fox, it gave us an endless string of mostly forgettable performers. In fact, after the show’s eighth season, “Idol” finalists only placed one song — Phillip Phillips’ Gone Gone Gone — in the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100. With the show given new life at ABC, judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are determined to break that streak of mediocrity. If they don’t produce a superstar this time, they told us, they’ve wasted their time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)

American Idol airs live across all time zones on Sunday night, starting at 8 ET/5 PT.

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