The judges for the 2022 season of American Idol were announced, and now we know who will all be returning. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, along with presenter Ryan Seacrest, have all signed new contracts to return to competition in 2022, the show’s 20th season in total and season five on ABC. American Idol will host virtual auditions for potential contestants across the country on August 6.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Mills, executive vice president of Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said, “Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons who have become synonymous with Idol on ABC. Their star power is unmatched and their support is a gift to our contestants who have benefited deeply from their wisdom over the past four seasons – and they are ready to do it again. As we begin a season to remember, I think it’s safe to say that this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on Idol. “
In May, ABC renewed American Idol for the 2021-22 season, but, as has been the case for most of the show’s tenure on the network, it did so without negotiating contracts with its judges. and his host. News of their return just as the gears of the season began to turn is also a regular trend.
Meanwhile, the American Idol virtual auditions will begin on August 6 and run through September 21, giving contestants from all states the opportunity to show their ability to Idol producers, who will then choose who to try. before the judges. The show is slated to air on ABC in early 2022.
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