The 2015 announcement that American Idol would not be continuing past its 15th season was a blow to watchers everywhere who excitedly plopped down in front of the TV every week to laugh at and cheer for auditions and eventually show their support for some of America’s best up and coming singers. Now, American Idol is making a comeback on a new network. Now, on ABC, the singing competition is preparing for its best season yet. The refresh seems to have ignited a new enthusiasm for the show as the competition is currently deep in auditions.
The revival will air with three new judges. Oscar and Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie will be joined by pop star Katy Perry and country singer Luke Bryan will be choosing who makes it on stage to capture our hearts. This celebrity panel will be joined by country radio host Bobby Bones later in the season to mentor the top 24 contestants. Despite many new faces in the American Idol crew, one very important old face will be returning.
Ryan Seacrest will be returning along with American Idol. It’s no surprise that ABC wanted to return Seacrest to is former position as announcer and interviewer for all of the contestants that attempt to become the next American Idol. After 15 seasons, it really wouldn’t be American Idol without him. Despite moving to New York after the end of Idol to co-host with Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly and Ryan, he has made every effort to take part in the revival while still working on his TV and radio shows, and we will be watching him greet contestants when the show returns.
American Idol will premiere on ABC Sunday, March 11th at 8/7c with one small change. While we will still get to enjoy hours of singing, the show has decided to drop the early season tradition of making fun of contestants with poor auditions. Favoring a more The Voice-like approach to the competition by starting out with great singers and working toward finding the absolute best. Hopefully, the show’s return will be bigger and better than ever before!