Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie aren’t ready to say goodbye to their judging duties at ‘American Idol’ – news that will undoubtedly delight diehard fans of the revived reality singing competition.
Perry, Bryan, Richie, and resident host Ryan Seacrest have signed on to return for the show’s landmark 20th season (its fifth since being rebooted on ABC) when it returns spring 2022.
“Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with ‘Idol’ on ABC,” said Rob Mills, Walt Disney Television’s executive vice president, unscripted and alternative Entertainment. “Their star power is unmatched, and their support is a gift to our contestants that have deeply benefited from their wisdom over the past four seasons—and they’re ready to do it again. As we begin a momentous season, I think it’s safe to say this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on ‘Idol.’”
Mills’ sentiment was echoed by other execs and reps affiliated with the show, including executive producers Megan Wolflick and Eli Holzman.
“The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer,” said Wolflick before Holzman revealed, “We are thrilled that Katy, Lionel, Luke and Ryan will be back to help discover our next American Idol. This dream team has selected and guided some of the most talented ‘Idol’ contestants in the history of the series, and we can’t wait to see who they’ll find next.”
While no official premiere date for the new season has been announced (as of time reported), contestant auditions begin on August 6. Click here for more details.