'American Idol’ Announces its Judges, Host and Premiere Date for Season 6 on ABC, Plus a New Promo

We will see some familiar faces return to 'American Idol' for Season 6.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is ABC’s motto for American Idol when it returns for its sixth season on ABC. Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will all be returning, as will Ryan Seacrest, the only original cast member, who will host the search for the next singing sensation for the 21st time.

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Along with the announcement of the cast, American Idol also revealed its season 6 audition schedule, which began nationwide on August 3, 2022 and took place in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and wrapped up in Nashville.

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Here's everything we know about American Idol to date:

When does American Idol start?

Season six of American Idol on ABC (Season 21 overall) will premiere on Feb. 19, 2023.

When is American Idol on?

American Idol airs at 8 p.m. ET Sunday nights on ABC.

Who are the American Idol judges in 2023?

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Lionel Richie

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ABC/Gavin Bond

Katy Perry

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ABC/Gavin Bond

Luke Bryan

Who is the host of American Idol?

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ABC/Gavin Bond

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest, the only remaining original cast member.

Who won the American Idol America's Platinum Ticket?

Season 21 of American Idol features the first-ever America's Platinum Ticket, which was voted on during the American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2022. The winner of the ticket to Hollywood was North Carolina resident Elijah McCormick, who auditioned in Nashville.

Are there any spoilers for American Idol 2023?

Yes. The Hollywood Round was filmed in December, resulting in a Top 55 performing a Showstopper Round live in front of an audience and the judges at the Los Angeles Theater for a spot in the Top 24.

And it is looking as if the Top 24 will travel to the Disney Aulani Resort in Kapolei, Hawaii again this season.

Who will be the mentor for the American Idol contestants in 2023?

It is too soon to say, but it should be some amazing artists. Last year, American Idol alum Jimmie Allen and Bebe Rexha filled that position.

Is there an American Idol 2023 trailer?

There are two! Watch below.

How do I audition for American Idol?

Auditions for 2023 (season 6 on ABC) are closed. Check back for the start of “Idol Across America” which offers hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents face-to-face with an American Idol producer, from anywhere in America, across any official audition date for a chance to proceed to the judge audition round of the competition.

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Who won American Idol 2022?



On Sunday, May 22, country singer Noah Thompson from Kentucky was named winner of American Idol 2022.

“I’m just looking forward to everything that’s coming my way,” Thompson told Parade with the release of his first single, “Stay.” “I’m really excited about everything I’m getting to do right now and what’s to come. I’m looking forward to touring in the future, or the new writes, all those things. I’m still trying to take it all in of what I’m getting to do right now, how this is my life, and this is what I get to do. I just think it’s pretty amazing, if you ask me. I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming my way.”

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When did American Idol begin?

The reality singing series premiered in 2002 on FOX. In 2016, after several seasons of declining ratings, FOX canceled the series. Then, on March 11, 2018, a revival of the series began airing on ABC.

How do you vote for American Idol?

Fans of American Idol who are at least 13 and reside in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the American Idol app, or via text once the live shows begin, but prior to that, it is up to the judges.

What year did Kelly Clarkson win American Idol?

Kelly Clarkson was the very first American Idol winner. She made TV history when she won the title on Sept. 4, 2002, beating out Justin Guarini, who placed second.

How to watch American Idol on TV and online

Tune into the competition on ABC, or stream on ABC.com or the ABC app after signing in with your TV service provider.

How to stream American Idol

American Idol can be streamed live with an on-demand ABC subscription or watch it the next day on Hulu.

Is American Idol on Netflix?

Unfortunately not. But it is on Hulu!

What time is American Idol on?

American Idol is on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET.

What channel is American Idol on?

American Idol has aired on ABC since March 2018. The series originally aired on FOX from 2002-2016. If you miss the original airing, check it out on Hulu the next day.

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