ABC Commits to Another Season of American Idol Reboot


ABC has renewed the new iteration of American Idol for a sophomore season, with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie returning as judges.

The second installment of American Idol is slated for broadcast on ABC Television Network in the U.S. during the 2018-19 season. Producer Ryan Seacrest is on board to come back as host of the singing competition series.

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. The show is distributed by FremantleMedia International around the globe.

“We knew that American Idol on ABC would unleash an opportunity for singers from all walks of life to realize their dreams and that these incredible contestants would have America rooting for their success,” stated Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment. “I am thrilled that Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan will be back to once again embark on this Idol journey with us to discover the next crop of inspiring talent.”

American Idol’s return on ABC has shown once again that viewers love to discover and support raw talent,” noted Trish Kinane, the president of entertainment programming at FremantleMedia North America, and executive producer and showrunner of American Idol. “Our new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have brought huge credibility, energy and fun to the show this year, and we are so excited to continue the journey with Ryan Seacrest at the helm in the search for the next superstar.”

Dennis Miller, the executive chairman of CORE Media Group, added: “Our team is incredibly proud of the success we have had with American Idol on ABC, and we are excited to search for more talent nationwide with a second season. We look forward to furthering our relationship with the network, our partners at FremantleMedia, Luke, Katy, Lionel, Ryan, and all those who audition to become the next American Idol as we continue to entertain fans with incredible performances week after week!”