“American Idol” will return intact on ABC next season with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest. “‘American Idol’ has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire – and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people’s homes during a time when we needed it the most,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “There is no one who we feel more confident about leading us into a new season of high notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest.”
The search for the next singing sensation is currently underway with “Idol Across America” remote virtual auditions taking place across all 50 states. The expected return date for “American Idol” is in early 2021.