But she is heading into the next round with more than just a golden ticket.In an interview with Good Housekeeping.com, Harris reveals that she and a fellow contestant have started dating since their auditions.This year, hopefuls can also submit their audition videos online or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or by using #The Next Idol hashtag.On Monday, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie -- who make up the judging panel on the highly anticipated ABC reboot -- announced the show's official premiere date on Twitter. let's find an 'American Idol' Family Celebrates Katy Perry's Birthday With Puppy Party -- Watch!“If you’re some really harsh person and go, ‘OK, that’s enough!’ We got better at it.” The search for the next American Idol began in August in Portland, Oregon, with the show traveling to over 20 cities.
“There are still stars and diamonds in the rough and I think the great American dream — we can revive that in a way and show people that if they have the talent, if they work really hard…maybe we can give them a little platform to just shine.” RELATED VIDEO: New Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Talk ‘American Idol’ Reboot Echoed Richie, “It’s amazing the confidence this new generation has, and I think what’s really wonderful for us is that we get to see it—and if any way, try to tweak it just a little bit.As for the judging styles to expect, that’s “too be determined,” Perry, 32, told Us Weekly and other reporters at the American Idol auditions last month. I think what we believe in is being constructive and giving constructive criticism because it doesn’t help anyone and people are really sensitive and we understand because we’ve all walked into a room like that at one time in our lives.” Richie, 68, added: “I think I’m going to change the word ‘nasty’ to ‘brutally honest.’ We don’t have time to warm up here.We only have a couple of months to get this right and so if we had a couple of years to work with these acts, artists, fantastic.To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. "I love Luke, he’s a great guy, and I think he’ll be a great judge.Because I really do think he has the best interests of the contestants at heart, and that’s what you want from a judge," he tells Taste of Country Nights.champ already kicked off in August in Portland, Oregon, with the team eventually covering 23 cities across the country.American Idol is back and it has a new home at ABC.But I don’t like the word ‘nasty.’ I think nasty only implies that we’re going to hurt someone.” For Bryan, he’s already struggling with when to stop an audition.“That’s a tough thing to do because we know that feeling of being up there singing,” the country star, 41, said."Obviously, I was a contestant on that show, and what I really loved the most was when I could feel the sincerity from the judges, and they really had my best interests at heart.I think Luke will have that all the way."Bryan is up for the biggest award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, at the 2017 CMA Awards.