Season four of ABC’s American Idol will have some familiar faces in the judging chairs. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will all return for an all-new season of finding America’s brightest new singer. Additionally, Ryan Seacreast will join as the show’s host.
“’American Idol’ has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire – and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people’s homes during a time when we needed it the most,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, in a press statement. “There is no one who we feel more confident about leading us into a new season of high notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest.”
“Katy, Lionel and Luke are fun, astute and really know how to spot talent,” added executive producer and showrunner Trish Kinane. “Their chemistry is undeniable, and we are delighted that they, along with host Ryan Seacrest, are returning to find the next superstar and take ‘American Idol’ to new heights next season.”
“We are so grateful to the fans for sticking with us – and pushing us to No. 1 – during this most challenging of times. And we are thrilled to be able to welcome Ryan, Katy, Lionel and Luke back to help us discover our next American Idol,” shared executive producer Eli Holzman, CEO of 19 Entertainment’s parent company Industrial Media. “At times like these, it is more important than ever to give families wholesome entertainment, packed full of hope, talent and inspiration – where dreams come true. And that is what ‘American Idol’ is all about.”
After the news was announced on Wednesday afternoon (8/19), Bryan chimed in sharing his excitement for the new season and added that auditions would be getting underway soon.
“Here we go! Season 4 of @AmericanIdol is going to be awesome! So glad to be back with my buddies @RyanSeacrest, @katyperry, and @LionelRichie!” he wrote, adding “If you think you’re #TheNextIdol, audition online or face-to-face virtually with a producer! Choose your state day or show up to our nationwide open call on August 25th!”
Hopefuls for the new season can begin auditioning with Idol Across America remote virtual auditions across all 50 states. The talent will be able to have face-to-face auditions with Idol producers, allowing them to received real-time feedback. To learn more, visit www.americanidol.com/auditions.
No word yet on when season four would officially begin filming and what necessary changes will be made due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.