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

American Idol

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

by
Shares
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)
Advertisement
← Tip: Use keyboard arrows to navigate →

It Will Air on ABC

Advertisement

It Will Air on ABC

Advertisement

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

Advertisement

Ryan Seacrest Will Officially be Hosting

Advertisement

Ryan Seacrest Will Officially be Hosting

Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement

It May Premiere After Next Year's Oscars

A post shared by abcnetwork (@abcnetwork) on

It May Premiere After Next Year's Oscars

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

JK, it'll premiere one week later

Ryan just announced the premiere date for the return of @AmericanIdol on Sunday March 11th 8pm on ABC.

A post shared by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (@livekellyandryan) on

Advertisement

JK, it'll premiere one week later

Advertisement

Ryan confirmed on Live with Kelly & Ryan that the show will officially debut on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

It snagged the coveted 8 p.m. time slot on ABC.

Advertisement

It'll Probably Air on Sundays & Mondays

A post shared by American Idol (@americanidol) on

Advertisement

It'll Probably Air on Sundays & Mondays

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

Simon Cowell Won't Be Involved

A post shared by @simoncowell on

Simon Cowell Won't Be Involved

Advertisement

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

Advertisement

Neither Will Kelly Clarkson

A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on

Advertisement

Neither Will Kelly Clarkson

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

But Katy Perry is Confirmed

Advertisement

But Katy Perry is Confirmed

Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement

And so are Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan

????Easy like Sunday evening???? Cue the remix Lionel, #AmericanIdol premieres Sunday, March 11 8/7c on ABC!

A post shared by American Idol (@americanidol) on

And so are Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan

Advertisement

Joining KP on the judges panel are two more heavyweight icons, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

But they won't be making nearly as much as Katy's $25 million.

"They expected similar deals to Katy, but are, in fact, getting a hell of a lot less. In the end, ABC had to cough up a second round of money to sign the other judges," a source said.

Advertisement

Lots of Old Judges Are Open to Returning

A post shared by American Idol (@americanidol) on

Advertisement

Lots of Old Judges Are Open to Returning

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

Mariah Carey Warns Lionel Richie About Judging

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Advertisement

Mariah Carey Warns Lionel Richie About Judging

Advertisement

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]." 

Advertisement

Katy Perry wanted these two stars to join her as judges

A post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

Katy Perry wanted these two stars to join her as judges

Advertisement

“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 before Lionel was confirmed for the gig.

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.”

Advertisement
Advertisement

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.