The 15th and (supposedly) final season of American Idol aired in 2015. Many thought that was the end of the show that was undoubtedly a phenomenal success: it dominated the ratings, launched the successful careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and more, and it even hit the headlines for getting more votes than the US presidential election. However, the show isn’t exactly dead, with rumours of a revival actually proving true. Here’s what we know so far about the new American Idol
Air date and network
No official air date for the new season has been announced yet, though it has been confirmed that it will start sometime in 2018. Given that each previous season started in January, it’s very likely the new one will also start in January. The original showed aired on Fox, though the rights for it have now been sold to ABC, which will air the first season of the new series (the 16th overall).
According to ABC, the new American Idol will be ‘better and bolder’ than the original run. No firm details have yet been announced regarding the show’s format, though it appears that some big changes are in store.
Judges and host
Ryan Seacrest, who co-hosted the first season then went on to host the remaining seasons by himself, has been in talks to return to front the new season. No deal has been announced, though it seems that one will be announced very soon. As for the judges, so far all we know is that Katy Perry is going to be one of them. She reportedly signed a deal worth a staggering $25 million for the role. It’s not certain whether there’ll be three or four judges in total. Mötley Crüe bass guitarist Nicky Sixx and funk singer Lionel Richie have been mentioned as possible judges, but again there’s been no announcement just yet. It was rumoured at one point that ABC wanted former winners or particularly successful contestants to be judges, but they dropped this idea when they couldn’t get enough people signed on.