All the feels: Luke Bryan ponders the philosophy of "American Idol"

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

However, Ryan Seacrest, who has been hosting the show since its start in 2002, will return for the new season as well. Increasing interest in this roll of the programming dice is that, on Mondays, "Idol" will be doing battle with NBC's "The Voice", the show that stole the music-competition reality thunder. Explaining that he's been asked to do projects offering career advice, the victor of four Grammy Awards and an Oscar admits he considered turning "American Idol" down.

CAST: The judges this season are Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

Programs like "American Idol" have also been impacted by shifts in the music industry.

Regan, who was subsequently fired by HarperCollins, filed a $100 million defamation suit against Murdoch's News Corp., and eventually settled out of court, is scheduled to be part of a panel of analysts in Sunday's special. We go out. We look for young, talented people.

What do you think of the return of American Idol? But it didn't come back. "I think Katy's just a little jealous". And then you've got O.J. Simpson. The ABC iteration of "Idol" continues the tradition of heartwarming video packages and interviews, thus making it easy to root for the different contestants. What else will change about the show? "I full-body felt what you were singing", Perry said. "This launching pad gives such an advantage to all those people that need that spotlight". Luke Bryan says yes, tentatively, as long as she agrees not to read what anyone says about her. She follows up that with a song by Khalid, and you know what? We're not there to discourage them. Which is amusing, because I'm betting at least some of those people learned that style from watching the original American Idol.

Luke and Katy have dubbed Lionel "Dad", but what's the story behind the nickname?

Lionel Richie said his answer is very simple, it's the teaching aspect to share his vast experience.

15-year-old Alyssa Raghu has an impeccable bond with her father as her birth mother abandoned them when she was 2-years-old. Partly due to the rotating judges.

Well, we don't know yet!

Not fooling around!' As we get closer to the real deal I can nearly feel that we're going to be able to voice our opinions, ' he said, before adding the fighting words: 'I'm bringing my mace!' "I consider myself the instructor basically".

While he can't tell us the outcome of his audition in front of the celebrity judges just yet, he says the buzz around his performance is definitely growing. "We're really real with them".

Richie said the goal is to find more than a singer: "We are looking for an artist, and that's going to require our expertise". "It was one of our favorite places when we'd go to audition cities, because we knew we'd get someone good". "They all looked like handsome models standing right in front of me". The other judges agreed with Bryan but wanted to him to come back in two years. "I'm in there on the emotional ride with these kids". "I get wrapped up in the pageantry and the dreams coming true".

Tune into the "American Idol" Season 16 premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.