It’s official – American Idol will return for a fourth season at ABC, and 18th season overall.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, deals for the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, host, Ryan Seacrest, and in-house mentor, Bobby Bones, have yet to be confirmed. The same thing happened when the show was renewed in 2019, however, they each eventually reached deals with the network and the show went on.
The news comes just before Sunday’s season finale of American Idol, which will feature must-see performances from Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, Scotty McCreery and more.
Bryan will perform his latest hit “One Margarita,” while fan-favorite contestant, garbageman Doug Kiker, will return to Idol to perform “Bless The Broken Road” with Rascal Flatts.
The show will also feature a one-of-a-kind performance of “We Are The World” by Lionel Richie, with fellow Idol judges Bryan and Katy Perry and past American Idol notables Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery.
Also confirmed to perform during the Idol season finale is judge Katy Perry, who will debut her new song “Daisies.” Lauren Daigle will also appear to perform “You Say.”
The finale episode will feature the Top 5 performing two songs, a celebration of their entry into the Top 5 as well as a previously performed song.
America will vote in real-time and the winner will be crowned at the end of the episode.
The American Idol season 18 finale will air Sunday, May 17 on ABC.