AMERICAN IDOL – Ò301 (Auditions)Ó Ð ÒAmerican IdolÓ returns to ABC for season three on SUNDAY, FEB. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), streaming and on demand, after dominating and claiming the position as SundayÕs No. 1 most social show in 2019. Returning this season to discover the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Emmy¨-winning producer Ryan Seacrest as host. Famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones will return to his role as in-house mentor. (ABC/Eliza Morse)

Lionel Richie now has two full seasons as an American Idol judge under his belt, so he had a good idea of what to expect from the new season’s auditions. Or so he thought. Once he started seeing some of the young people trying out for the first time, he had to re-evaluate a little bit, because he says he was blown away by not just their talent, but their confidence. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lionel Richie)

American Idol airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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