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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News & Interviews for American Idol: Season 16
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.
The lack of Cowell-ian meanness in this Idol does cause the lapses from wall-to-wall encouragement to feel all the more awkward.
Congenial, comfortable and safe, Idol makes a quiet return.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for American Idol: Season 16
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