'American Idol' Season 17 review: As personal and emotional as a reality show can get

'American Idol' returned with a two-hour premiere for season 17 on Sunday featuring a bunch of earnestly uplifting, passionate and gifted performers

                            'American Idol' Season 17 review: As personal and emotional as a reality show can get

Your weekends are going to be extra exciting as 'American Idol' season 17 is finally back! Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie return for the second year in a row to find the next singing sensation.

'American Idol' returned with a two-hour premiere on Sunday featuring auditions from locations in Louisville, Kentucky; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York and Denver, Colorado. 

After making its jump from Fox to ABC in 2018, 'American Idol' was fully Disneyfied. And this year is all about emotions and the series is not shying away from showcasing it all as the season 17 premiere begins with an extremely emotional montage of this year's hopefuls.

There is, however, one thing they seemed to have cut out: the awful contestants. We will witness a heavy metal contestant who leaves Lionel Richie and Katy Perry scared, but that's about it. What you do get to see on Sunday is a bunch of earnestly uplifting, passionate and gifted performers. Some have truly struggled to get to where they are.



As for the judges, though Simon Cowell isn't among them, Perry, Richie and Bryan make decent judges. They stick to the facts and give out clear and fair comments on the singers. And the best part is that they get along well with each other. Richie, so far, had the fairest comments to the contestants. Perry, just like season 16, swooned over certain contestants, and Bryan was hands down fun and energetic.

Watching the two-hour premiere, we expected it to have a lot more singers audition, but sadly there were only 12 contestants who were showcased. This seems to be the lowest number of auditions in a premiere episode. It looked like the producers were trying to give more screen time to each contestant and their backstory.



However, there are some truly talented contestants this season along with a few who just didn't hit the mark. One contestant that caught our attention was a hyperactive one who chirps and burps. While that might freak you out, you will be left in awe when she starts to sing. The contestants to look out this season are Tyler Mitchell, Nick and Laci Booth. 



'American Idol' returns to ABC on Sunday with its two-hour premiere. Check your local listings for more information.