“American Idol” — The show must go on — even in a pandemic. To simplify things and follow COVID-19 protocol, the popular singing contest ditched the cross-country tour. Instead, it held virtual online auditions followed by quarantined, in-person tryouts in only three Southern California cities (Los Angeles, San Diego and Ojai). Still, the battle to be crowned Season 19 champion is expected to be as fierce as ever. Returning for another round of musical merriment are judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest. (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC).
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