(CNN) — “American Idol” returns this week with not a single original judge at the table, new possible contestants and some changes to the format.
There was a time when a new season of “Idol” would send fans into a frenzy, especially with the addition of new judges.
This season will see the return of former judge Jennifer Lopez, along with last season’s judge Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick Jr. Original judge Randy Jackson will this season serve as a mentor.
The show will be back with heavy competition from NBC’s “The Voice,” which for the first time last year beat “Idol” in the ratings on a Thursday night. But even while the show, which for years has been a juggernaut in the ratings for Fox, has slid in terms of viewers for the past year, it is still a force to be reckoned with in TV land.