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.