Good news for aspiring singers across America! The ABC version of American Idol, which debuted earlier this year, is renewed for a second season!
Music stars Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will return as judges of the singing competition reality series. Ryan Seacrest returns as the show’s host!
American Idol has been a hit since it debuted on Fox in 2002 when it crowned the first winner, Kelly Clarkson, who’s gone on to have a major recording career with hits like Since You’ve Been Gone.
ABC revived the popular program and relaunched it earlier this year with new hosts in place of the original three judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.
American Idol on ABC has finished the season as Sunday’s No. 1 entertainment broadcast series.
“We knew that American Idol on ABC would unleash an opportunity for singers from all walks of life to realize their dreams and that these incredible contestants would have America rooting for their success,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “I am thrilled that Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan will be back to once again embark on this Idol journey with us to discover the next crop of inspiring talent.”
“’American Idol’’s return on ABC has shown once again that viewers love to discover and support raw talent,” said Trish Kinane, president of Entertainment Programming, FremantleMedia North America, executive producer and showrunner of “American Idol.”
“Our new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie have brought huge credibility, energy and fun to the show this year, and we are so excited to continue the journey with Ryan Seacrest at the helm in the search for the next superstar,” Kinane adds.
Dennis Miller, executive chairman of CORE Media Group, added, “Our team is incredibly proud of the success we have had with ‘American Idol’ on ABC, and we are excited to search for more talent nationwide with a second season,” says Dennis Miller, executive chairman of CORE Media Group.
American Idols’ returns on Sunday, May 6 live from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Check local listings for channel.