Watch American Idol 2020 First Promo! Plus LA Auditions (VIDEO)

Now that American Idol season 18 judges auditions are nearly done, it’s time to promo the heck out of the show! The first TV ad aired Tuesday night (Nov 5) as a tie in to Disney’s Little Mermaid Live! broadcast. The judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan plus host Ryan Seacrest amusingly listen to seashells for that special one-of-a-kind voice. It takes a couple of tries, but they find it!

Watch for the new season in FEBRUARY (The earlier start date was rumored, but now it’s official). Thank the Academy Awards, which is broadcasting super early this year–on Sunday February 9.

Judges auditions took place last week end (Oct 31-Nov 2) in Los Angeles, following trips to Washington DC, Milwaukee, and Savannah.  The final auditions are happening this week (Nov 7 & 8) in Sunriver, Oregon.  In Los Angeles, the judges chatted with Entertainment Tonight regarding the new hopefuls.

“I think we found one today that was like… a jaw dropper, and so we are so grateful when one or two or three of those come in a day, because really what we’re trying to put together is like, a mega top 10 that makes last season look like chump change,” Perry said.

“But last season was amazing, so our problem now is we’re jaded,” Richie shared. “We’re taking one more step up… and they’re bringing it, by the way. The contestants are using last year as the marker. So, they’re stepping on it beautifully.”

Bryan said he and his fellow judges always have a good idea of who will make it far in the competition — but it’s always great to be surprised. “I mean, you never know how a person is going to react to everything that gets thrown their way. What’s always exciting is when we have a contestant that we roll the dice with, and then they start growing and they start morphing into this [confident singer],” he revealed. “It’s so fun watching how they take that and run with it.”

Today (Nov 6) American Idol is teasing the fifth and final Judges Audition spot.  Sunriver, Oregon is looking pretty frosty!  location is Sunriver, Oregon.

Check out a few photos from the Los Angeles auditions below.

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