‘American Idol’ Sets 2021 Premiere Date

It’s official – American Idol will return for its fourth season at ABC on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The network…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 10, 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

It’s official – American Idol will return for its fourth season at ABC on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

The network revealed the news on Tuesday (Nov. 10) and judge Luke Bryan and in-house mentor Bobby Bones took to social media to share their excitement.

“Mark your calendars for 2021,” Bryan wrote.

“Well, Valentine’s Day just got a little sweeter,” Bones shared.


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2021 here we come! A new season of #AmericanIdol premieres February 14 on ABC! #TheNextIdol

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The upcoming season will feature returning judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, in-house mentor Bobby Bones and longtime host Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol auditions are underway once again with “Idol Across America” virtual auditions. Fans can learn more about the audition process by clicking HERE.

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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.