ABC has dropped the press release for the American Idol 2020 premiere set to air on Sunday Feb 16 at 8-10 pm ET/PT. The competitive reality show was Sunday’s No. 1 most social show in 2019. Returning this season to discover the next singing sensation are all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as Ryan Seacrest as host. Multimedia personality Bobby Bones will return to his role as in-house mentor.
American Idol 202o Premiere Features a Subway Performer, Garbage Collector, Hopeless Romantic and More
In the highly anticipated premiere episode, viewers will embark on a nation-wide journey across Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon, where the show’s iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences with never-before-seen twists.
Those auditioning for the coveted ticket to Hollywood include a subway performer from Harlem who gives one of the most emotional auditions in Idol history; a garbage collector with no experience who heads to the streets of Savannah, alongside host Ryan Seacrest, to warm up for his audition; and a hopeless romantic who encounters her own fairy tale twist during her audition as she sings from the heart.
American Idol 2020 Will Air on Sundays and Four Mondays
American Idol season 18 will air on Sundays until the May 17 finale. However, Monday episodes will air for four weeks in a row beginning March 16. Additionally, American Idol will air a “Where the Stars Are Born” special at 4:00 on Sunday Feb 9 before the Academy Awards. The new season offers new twists like head to head duets during the Hollywood Round and earlier viewer voting.
American Idol Showcase Round Headed to Hawaii Again, Plus Watch New Promos
On Friday January 31, the entire crew will participate in the Showcase Round at the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, where the Top 40 will perform for the judges. We’ve got Top 40 Spoilers here. After Friday’s two tapings, hopefully we’ll have a full list of contestants and songs available.
ABC has been running a series of promos which feature hopefuls singing and the judges reacting enthusiastically. The catch: The singing clips are totally SILENT! Check it out below:
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American Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.