Everything We Know About the \'American Idol\' Reboot (PHOTOS)

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Everything We Know About the ‘American Idol’ Reboot (PHOTOS)

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Everything We Know About the \'American Idol\' Reboot (PHOTOS)

Although it ended its initial run just last year, American Idol is already gearing up to return to television. 

However, the new version of the show won't be exactly the same as the old, so here's everything we know so far about the American Idol reboot.

American Idol returns in early 2018 to ABC.

Everything We Know About the \'American Idol\' Reboot (PHOTOS)
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It Will Air on ABC

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It Will Air on ABC

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The show's original run was on the FOX network, but the series is moving to ABC for the reboot.

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It May Premiere After Next Year's Oscars

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The details are still being hammered out, but it's believed the reboot will premiere on March 5, the night after the 2018 Academy Awards, with the ceremony being used to promote the series.

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It'll Probably Air on Sundays & Mondays

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It'll Probably Air on Sundays & Mondays

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Again, the schedule is still being worked out, but the most likely option is for the show to air twice weekly on Sundays and Mondays, totaling 40 hours of programming for the season.

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Simon Cowell Won't Be Involved

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Simon Cowell Won't Be Involved

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Thanks to his exclusive deal with America's Got Talent on NBC, we won't be seeing the snarky judge on the reboot.

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Neither Will Kelly Clarkson

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Neither Will Kelly Clarkson

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When news of the reboot first surfaced, the Season 1 winner was considered a frontrunner to land a gig as a judge, but she ended up taking a job with NBC rival The Voice instead.

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But Katy Perry is Confirmed

But Katy Perry is Confirmed

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The "Chained to the Rhythm" singer is the first confirmed star for the new panel of judges!

"I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories," Katy said in a statement.

"I’m always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough — from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.”

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Don't Expect Other Big Name Singers

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Don't Expect Other Big Name Singers

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Idol ended because it became too expensive to produce, and ABC will be looking to cut costs. Both Ryan and Katy will command huge contracts, so that means the other two judges likely won't be big stars. 

This approach would be similar to the format the show originally used, where Paula Abdul was the most famous host initially, joined by then-unknown music industry insiders Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. 

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Lots of Old Judges Are Open to Returning

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Even though it sounds like it's not in the budget, a number of former judges have expressed interest in coming back. Steven Tyler wants to reunite with Randy Jackson and JLo, while both Harry Connick Jr. and Paula Abdul have said they're open to a return to the series.

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They Want Lionel Richie

They Want Lionel Richie

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According to TMZ, show producers would like the “Hello” singer to join the reboot as a judge. 

No word on if the 67-year-old has been contacted by the show, but if he decides to do it he will join Katy Perry at the judges table. 

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Ryan Seacrest Will Officially be Hosting

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Ryan Seacrest Will Officially be Hosting

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Ryan Seacrest is officially joining the American Idol revival as the competition’s host. 

The 42-year-old made the announcement on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, July 20.  

“To be asked to return this year, at my new home at ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal,” he said in a statement. 

“I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it — especially Idol‘s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

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Will Charlie Puth be a Judge?

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According to TMZ, Lionel Richie is still the favorite to sit next to Katy Perry at the judges table, and it looks like the last seat could be filled by Charlie Puth. 

Nothing has been confirmed, but sources say ABC will finalize their choices this week. 

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Mariah Carey Warns Lionel Richie About Judging

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Mariah Carey Warns Lionel Richie About Judging

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The pop star, who was a judge during the 2013 season, didn’t hold back when asked if she had any advice for potential new judge Lionel Richie. 

“I would say, don't do it. No, I'm only kidding. If he wants to do it, that'll be great. I think he would be really good at it,” the mother of two told Entertainment Tonight on Monday, July 31. 

“Yeah, they just were trying to foil me when I went on there. So, you know, that's the only reason why I say that [to Richie]." 

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The show may be in crisis

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The show may be in crisis

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With just six weeks left until filming begins, producers on AI still haven’t locked down a second, third, or even fourth judge for the reboot season, according to TMZ. 

Frontrunners like Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, and Luke Bryan are no closer to signing on the dotted line, which is getting people a little nervous as taped auditions begin in September. 

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Katy Perry wants these two stars to join her as judges

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The “Chained to the Rhythm” songstress is the only confirmed judge for the new season of AI, but she has two other people in mind!

“I’m really pulling for Lionel [Richie], because I think Lionel is an icon, and not only that, but if you’ve ever met Lionel, he just knows how to charm the whole room," she said On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

Her other choice may come as a surprise to some — Charlie Puth!

“Charlie, I think, is an interesting play because Charlie Puth is someone new to the general public of America,” she continued. 

“Obviously he has his own big fan base, but I think he’s really talented. He’s a writer, he’s a producer, he’s young, he’s hip, he’s fresh. Between Lionel and me, it would be nice to have someone a little more fresh.”

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Will Katy Perry be a dud following her 2017 VMAs hosting performance?

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Following Katy’s lackluster performance as host of the 2017 MTV VMAs, ABC executives are reportedly nervous she will underperform as an American Idol judge. 

“They are paying her $25 million and she was a total dud [on the VMAs],” a source told Radar Online

“No one ever auditioned her for the new Idol job and they are freaking out that they hired someone who is terrible on live television.”

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Although it ended its initial run just last year, American Idol is already gearing up to return to television. 

However, the new version of the show won't be exactly the same as the old, so here's everything we know so far about the American Idol reboot.

American Idol returns in early 2018 to ABC.