American Idol 2022 Sets Premiere Date for Historic 20th Season

AMERICAN IDOL - Music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, along with Emmy¨-winning producer and host Ryan Seacrest, were on hand when ABC's "American Idol" kicked off judge city auditions for the upcoming season five on ABC and milestone 20th season overall in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 5. (ABC/Eric McCandless) LIONEL RICHIE, LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, RYAN SEACREST

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.

American Idol Judges Hang at Luke Bryan’s Bar After Filming Auditions

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest will all return to the iconic singing competition. Mentor Bobby Bones may or may not return. He says it depends on his schedule

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.


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