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Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie Will All Return to 'American Idol'

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  • Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie
    American singer-songwriter
  • Luke Bryan
    Luke Bryan
    American country music singer
  • Ryan Seacrest
    Ryan Seacrest
    American radio personality


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You might be feeling a bit blue since American Idol's season finale last May marked the end of season 4 on ABC. But fear not, Idol fans: the show has been officially renewed for season 5 (the show's 20th season overall).

Prior to last year's season finale — which resulted in Chayce Beckham being crowned the champion — ABC announced that the search for the next big superstar will continue in 2022. That said, Deadline reports that show runner Trish Kinane is stepping down from her position and executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick will take her place.

What does that mean for the show? Right now, it's unclear. But often when show runners are switched and/or replaced, the show will look a bit different when it returns. Curious to know what the next season of American Idol could look like? We've got key season 5 details below:

When will the next season of American Idol start?

Photo credit: Eric McCandless
Photo credit: Eric McCandless

American Idol will return to ABC for season 5 on Sunday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Who are the American Idol judges next season?

Photo credit: Eric McCandless
Photo credit: Eric McCandless

Per a press release, judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will definitely be back for the fifth season of American Idol. Likewise, Ryan Seacrest will return as the show's host.

"Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with Idol on ABC,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. "Their star power is unmatched, and their support is a gift to our contestants that have deeply benefited from their wisdom over the past four seasons — and they’re ready to do it again. As we begin a momentous season, I think it’s safe to say this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on Idol."

As excited as fans are to see American Idol vet Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke, Lionel and Katy, there is someone not coming back this season. According to Deadline, mentor Bobby Bones will not return to the singing competition this season. Bobby is leaving Idol due to scheduling conflicts with another show.

When and where will American Idol auditions for the 2022 season take place?

Photo credit: Christopher Willard
Photo credit: Christopher Willard

Like every year, American Idol searched all over the country to find top talent. But now, the auditions for season 5 are closed, which means you'll have to wait until next year to try out. Remember, to be eligible for American Idol, you "must be born on or between June 2, 1992 and September 15, 2006."

How can I watch and stream the new season of American Idol?

Viewers can expect to be able to tune into ABC on Sunday and Monday nights to watch new episodes at 8 p.m. ET. Likewise, new episodes of American Idol are usually available the next day on ABC.com.

Those who prefer to watch American Idol on the go can download the ABC app on select iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, Samsung, and Google Chromecast devices. American Idol is also available for Hulu, fuboTV or Youtube TV subscribers.

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