‘American Idol’ Season To Proceed With At-Home Performances

The show must go on! American Idol producers revealed today that the current season of the hit show will proceed…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 14, 2020


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‘American Idol’ Judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Hosts Bobby Bones and Ryan Seacrest; Photo Courtesy of Gavin Bond/ABC

The show must go on! American Idol producers revealed today that the current season of the hit show will proceed with at-home performances from the remaining contestants. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will appear from California, while in-house mentor Bobby Bones and judge Luke Bryan will appear from Nashville.

Contestants will perform from home and America will still have a chance to vote and ultimately select a winner for the current season.

Before the decision to proceed with the show was announced, Perry opened up about the situation during a live chat with fans.

“Well, I think we’re all gonna have to be really creative — I know we’re gonna be very creative and you’ll just have to be tuning into that creativity that we are probably going to create from our individual homes,” she said.

Nothing had been confirmed at the time and even Perry seemed a bit unsure of how things would pan out. “We’ll see how this goes,” she shared.

Longtime American Idol host Ryan Seacrest also discussed how the show would go on despite the COVID-19 pandemic during a recent appearance on TMZ Live.

“We are looking at all of the different options,” he revealed. “I think we see the obvious ways that people are using technology now on the air and on social media, so I think we are trying to push the limits of technology and explore any sort of technology that might be available to us to deliver the performance, to deliver the judges comments and to deliver America being able to vote so we make it through the whole season. I am very hopeful that we are gonna be able to do that, actually.”

American Idol will return Sunday at 8/7 c 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.