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What people are talking about today: Sunday brought the return of "American Idol" to Disney-owned ABC, and a handful of critics used the exact same phrase to describe the new rendition: "kinder and gentler." When judges let candidates down, they did it tactfully, without the snark of the Simon Cowell era. Vulture's reviewer gives the reboot three stars out of five and calls it "a fresh, Disneyfied startunless, of course, you consider the recent sexual assault allegations from Ryan Seacrest's former stylist Suzie Hardy." (Seacrest has denied any wrongdoing.) So, why watch? As Variety writes: "Who are we kidding? It's all about Katy Perry." She's straight-talking, meme-worthy and, as Variety says, "never misses an opportunity for glitter." Also, she gave one 19-year-old contestant his first kiss. Gripe: On Twitter, there was some complaining about how many ads ran during "Idol."

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