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Interview: 'American Idol's Ryan Seacrest talks what judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan hope to achieve

Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Lionel Richie of "American Idol" airing Sundays and Mondays on ABC.
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"American Idol" is live tonight for the first time in the season. In this episode, America’s overnight vote from Sunday will solidify the safety of the six contestants with the most votes. Those that are safe will perform a victory song, and the eight contestants who are in jeopardy will sing to impress the judges. The judges will choose four contestants to join America’s top six picks, pushing 10 talented Idol hopefuls one step closer to stardom.

The top 14 finalists include Ada Vox, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Dennis Lorenzo, Gabby Barrett, Garrett Jacobs, Jonny Brenns, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe, Mara Justine, Marcio Donaldson, Michael J. Woodard and Michelle Sussett. 

Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series. For Seacrest who balances hosting "Idol" and traveling across the country for his co-hosting duties as part of "Live With Kelly and Ryan, as well as his KIIS FM Radio Show" fitting in with a new judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, is different but the hope that the contestants join "Idol's" famous alumni into superstardom remains the same. 

Seacrest stopped by The Top 14 party to wish the contestants luck where TVMusic Network caught up with him for his thoughts on working with superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. 

"They're all different," Seacrest told us of the numerous judging panels "American Idol" has had on the show over the years. "These judges are very generous about how they really want to do a good job. Not just for themselves but for these contestants. Katy said to me, she said it on the air and again on the break, she wants someone to be bigger than her. She wants that." 

Find out who advances to the Top 10 tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 
"American Idol" airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC. 

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