‘American Idol’ Announces Judges for Upcoming Season 20

by Emily Morgan

ABC’s singing competition, “American Idol,” will once again feature veteran host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie for the upcoming season. 

Since its debut on Fox in June of 2002, Seacrest has been a staple on the show. After airing for 15 seasons on Fox, ABC revived the once-canceled show for its 16th season in March of 2018.  All three returning judges have been with the resurrected how since its arrival on ABC. The show will return for season 5, and the 20th season overall. 

“Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with Idol on ABC,” said Rob Mills, Executive Vice President for Walt Disney Television. 

“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.”

“American Idol is still the original music show that genuinely creates superstars, said executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick. She added that she show “continues to evolve to allow true artists to succeed in this unique business.

“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.”

Auditions for Next Season of ‘American Idol’ Begin Soon

Once a dominating top-rated series in all of primetime, recent ratings for the show have showcased how broadcast networks are rapidly seeing a decline in viewers.

From 2006 to 2007, “American Idol” peaked at 30.58 million viewers, on average, according to Nielsen Media Research. In contrast, the recent season on ABC from 2020 to 2021 dropped to a new season-low. Only 7.42 million and 6.24 million viewers, respectively, watched for the Sunday and Monday airings. 

Auditions for Season five of “American Idol” will commence on Friday, August 6, with the return of Idol Across America. The show acts as the live virtual nationwide search for the next winner, taking place across the country.

For the second year, “Idol Across America” will allow hopefuls to present their singing talents face-to-face with a producer from the show.

They can audition from anywhere in the nation, across any official audition date for an opportunity to make it to the judges’ audition round of the competition.

To to be eligible to audition, you “must be born on or between June 2, 1992, and September 15, 2006.”

Viewers can expect to tune in to ABC on Sunday and Monday nights to watch new episodes at 8 p.m. ET. A premiere date has not yet been announced.