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American Idol: Season 16 (2018)




Critic Consensus: With shiny new hosts and a gentler approach, American Idol recaptures much of its comfort food glory -- though it may be too saccharine for some.


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The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.


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Critic Reviews for American Idol: Season 16

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

Katy can go full J-Lo and summon immediate waterworks by being a big sweetie to a bigger sweetie, or she can go Simon-lite on shaky hopefuls when she's got a tough cup of T to pour them.

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The lack of Cowell-ian meanness in this Idol does cause the lapses from wall-to-wall encouragement to feel all the more awkward.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Congenial, comfortable and safe, Idol makes a quiet return.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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This new show doesn't come at you like the aggressive, pointedly grandiose hit that it used to be. But at a time when real-life events have left audiences hungry for familiar, soothing television, ABC's version of American Idol just might fit that bill.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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You might not see this coming from the network that only this week broadcast the footage of a woman being dumped by her fiancé on The Bachelor, but ABC's Idol looks to be a kinder, gentler version than Fox's.

March 9, 2018 | Full Review…

"American Idol" is more entertaining - more watchable - than it's been in many years.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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