After rumors started surfacing last week, it is now official: America’s once most popular vocal competition, American Idol , will be back on our TV screens again for its sixteenth season. The show, which ended its final season on Fox in 2016, will now air on ABC starting in 2017-2018.
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Posted by Good Morning America on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
“‘American Idol’ is a pop culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.
ABC has not announced yet who will be hosting or judging the show, they said that announcement would come later. However, Variety.com is reporting today from sources familiar with the deal, that the producers are in advanced talks with the most obvious name to host the show: Ryan Seacrest.
The former Idol host just recently started yet another gig as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s morning show Live With Kelly and Ryan.
Ryan said on Monday, when asked about hosting the show by his co-host Kelly, “I don’t know about that part yet,” and suggested that there would be technical difficulties with preparation for both shows.
Variety further reports that they had reached out to the Idol creator Simon Fuller,
“Variety reached out to “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, who is not currently involved in the new iteration on ABC, for his take. “There would be no ‘American Idol’ without Ryan Seacrest,” says Fuller, while declining to comment further.”
The show was a ratings king for many seasons, until it saw its audience declining toward the end. The show also helped launch the singing careers of many popular culture stars such as Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and others.
With this new Idol, ABC will obviously be trying to reignite some of that past magic, in the very competitive field of reality TV, which includes NBC’s very popular vocal competition The Voice.
Fremantle Media North America and Core Media are the main stakeholders and producers of the show and they hope to bring back the authentic original charm of the Idol. “ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of ‘Idol’ and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows.” Peter Hurwitz, chief executive of Core Media, said in a statement.
Fans seem to be split on what to make of this news. Some are excited and others…not so much.
Here are some random fan reactions to the news on Twitter: