‘American Idol’ Judges Are Expected to Return For Season 21
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American Idol was recently renewed for Season 21 on ABC, but the current judges weren’t confirmed as returning. According to new reports, fans can rest easy, because the current panel is expected to be back next year.
‘American Idol’ Judges Expected to Return Next Season
Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan have been judges on the current iteration of American Idol for five seasons now, since it first premiered on ABC in 2018. They’ve developed a fun dynamic and seem to get along well.
Ryan Seacrest, meanwhile, has been hosting the show since its premiere all the way back in 2002. In 2019, he missed his first episode ever when he fell sick. In-house mentor Bobby Bones filled in for him as host.
ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich told Deadline this week that he believes the judges and host will be back for Season 21, saying, “We expect the host to come back. I thought the chemistry that solidified among them this season was amazing and we’re looking forward to having that same chemistry next year.”
Fans Can Sign Up for Audition Alerts Now
If you’re interested in auditioning for Season 21 of American Idol, you can sign up for audition alerts on the show’s website. This will let you know when the show is starting online auditions and virtual open calls. Remember that you must be at least 15 years old.
The show is currently in its landmark 20th season, and the competition has been narrowed down to the Top 3 — HunterGirl, Leah Marlene, and Noah Thompson. The season finale will air on Sunday, May 22. A winner will be crowned after a three-hour episode featuring several guest performers.
American Idol has celebrated its 20th anniversary by welcoming a number of past contestants. Earlier in the season, the show aired a reunion special, and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood recently mentored the Top 5 contestants from Las Vegas.