‘American Idol’ Renewed For Fourth Season at ABC

It’s official – American Idol will return for a fourth season at ABC, and 18th season overall. According to The…


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May 15, 2020


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Bobby Bone, Ryan Seacrest, Lionel Richie, Kay Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

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.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.