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The 21st season of “American Idol” premieres Sunday, Feb. 19, Parade reported. The show’s preliminary search for the next champion began last August, with producers holding Zoom auditions across the country, the Deseret News previously reported.

The reality competition show will see the return of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, per the Deseret News.

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What to expect from ‘American Idol’ 2023

“American Idol” has already released footage from an audition that will air Sunday. The video shows 16-year-old Haven Madison, whose father, Jason Roy, is the lead singer of the Christian band Building 429, performing her original song “Fifteen.”

The judges had nothing but praise following her performance, which featured Madison’s father accompanying on guitar.

“Your songwriting ability is incredible,” Richie told the teenager. “I don’t see anything wrong now except the world doesn’t know anything about you, but they will. That was incredible.”

Perry, meanwhile, praised Madison’s vocal decisions and authenticity. The teenager earned a “yes” from all three judges to advance past the audition round.

In other “Idol” news, singer-songwriter Allen Stone shared on Friday that he will be a mentor for the 2023 season of “American Idol,” along with singer and actress Noah Cyrus.

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Noah Thompson, a construction worker from Kentucky, won Season 20 of “American Idol” last May. Thompson’s best friend forced him to audition for the competition.

“It’s pretty cool to know that somebody believes in you more than you believe in yourself,” Thompson said in a clip shared during his audition, which has more than 3 million views on YouTube.

Thompson, who was 19 when he auditioned, has expressed gratitude for the show and all it has provided for him.

“It was actually my first flight, because of ‘Idol,’” he told Music Mayhem Magazine. “First time ever meeting famous people, first time going to Hawaii, ... that’s why I’m so grateful for the show because there are a lot of things I would’ve never gotten to do in my lifetime if it wasn’t for the show.”

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When did ‘American Idol’ begin?

“American Idol” premiered in 2002, with Kelly Clarkson becoming the show’s inaugural winner. Clarkson remains one of the show’s most successful contestants to date, alongside Carrie Underwood. Other top winners from over the years include Jordin Sparks, Fantasia Burrino, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.

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