American Idol Is Officially Returning to TV
If you felt like the iconic TV series American Idol left the air too soon, you’re not alone. Last year, we were completely devastated to find out that the show would end its 15-season run, though, the announcement of Trent Harmon as the final season’s winner and appearances from Idol alums, like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson during the finale, helped ease some of our sorrows. However, Idol fans can now rejoice—it’s officially confirmed that the show will return to TV on ABC for their 2017 to 2018 season.
Idol will join the likes of similar competition shows on the network, like Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor, which the show’s producer, Peter Hurwitz, believes is the perfect fit. “All of the intense speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains,” he says. “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.”
The announcement, which was made during Tuesday’s Good Morning America, already has fans wondering who will take the coveted judge seats. And while it’s typical for judges to rotate every couple of seasons, we all know the staple of Idol was host Ryan Seacrest, who just last week landed the role of Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live with Kelly—which makes it unlikely though not impossible for him to return to the show.
We can hardly wait until next year to see who will blow us away with their vocals, make us laugh with their ridiculous routines, and anything else the producers might have up their sleeves.