American Idol 2023: Judges Party at New Orleans Auditions

American Idol celebrates 21 in New Orleans

UPDATE: Host Ryan Seacrest just tweeted that he has COVID an is quarantining at home. Suffice it to say he is NOT filming in New Orleans with the judges. “I don’t know how I avoided it for so long,” Ryan wrote on Twitter. “But unfortunately I tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago and I am currently in quarantine. While I’m feeling the usual symptoms, I hope to make a quick recovery. ”

American Idol is in New Orleans right now auditioning hopefuls for the 21st season, set to kick off next year. Blake Busch has been digging into the details, and can report that Aaliyah Rose who went as far as The Voice Season 12 Playoffs and Dylan Zangwill from America’s Got Talent season 16 have auditioned.

Also, we’re working on a spoiler that could possibly involve the child of a former fan-favorite contestant. If it turns out that this person did indeed sing in front of the judges, it would easily be one of American Idol’s most FULL CIRCLE moments involving a former contestant, EVER. We will keep you posted.

According to outlets, the judges–Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie–landed in the city on Sunday (Oct 9). Paparazzi pictures show the trio in front of the Four Seasons Hotel where they are auditioning hopefuls.

In the photos, all three judges hold up tickets that say “you’re invited” as a crowd cheers them on. Katy wears a black halter style mini-dress with knee high boots, while Luke and Lionel are dressed more casually. The judges were marking the 21st season of the long running show. It’s the sixth season on ABC.

One photo shows an archway made of festive blue balloons with a gold number 21 balloon as its centerpiece. The judges seem to be surrounded by auditioners, perhaps, or maybe fans of the show. Check out photos at the Daily Mail HERE. The outlet also posted a brief video.

American Idol auditioned hopefuls in Las Vegas 

AMERICAN IDOL – ABC’s “American Idol” stars judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest
AMERICAN IDOL stars judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

last month, American Idol stopped at their first Audition city, Las Vegas, which was scheduled after the big iHeartMedia Music Festival, where Lionel performed and host Ryan Seacrest helmed. Rumor has it that a few The Voice contestants are auditioning in front of the American Idol judges in Las Vegas too, including Josie Beth Jones from Season 17, Malik Heard from Season 10 and Presley Tennant from season 16. 

Third and final audition city: Nashville

The third and final audition city is Nashville, which is set for sometime in November. If the American Idol audition schedule stays the same, the Hollywood round will take place in December in Los Angeles. 

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