American Idol announced on social media that the 20th season of the show, the fifth on ABC Network, will premiere on Sunday February 27 at 8 pm. Last year, the competition debuted a few weeks earlier on February 14.
Time to find America's next SUPERSTAR! On Sunday, Feb 27 at 8/7c, join music legends and your favorite judges @lukebryan, @katyperry and @lionelrichie, along with host @ryanseacrest, for the historic 20th year of #AmericanIdol on ABC! Stream on Hulu. pic.twitter.com/cHDU1O6vFt
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) December 2, 2021
So far, the judges and Ryan have filmed contestant auditions in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. Next stop is the Hollywood Week in L.A., which usually goes down in December before Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled for contestant sightings!
Showrunner Megan Wolflick recently shared her thoughts on the upcoming landmark season of American Idol with Deadline: “Other shows don’t encourage original songs,” she said. “This year, we’re seeing people who had never tried out for a show before. I feel very excited about the talent we have.”
Also, Wolflick teased that the show will celebrate 20 years with former contestants. “With 20 years, we’re going to celebrate what’s come before, while we also celebrate the new talent,” she said.