‘American Idol’ Sets Early 2020 Premiere Date

It’s official – American Idol is returning to ABC on  Sunday, February 16, 2020. The premiere date was announced Thursday…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 21, 2019


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Ryan Seacrest, Bobby Bones, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy American Idol

It’s official – American Idol is returning to ABC on  Sunday, February 16, 2020.

The premiere date was announced Thursday (Nov. 21) by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones in a video clip showing the pair FaceTiming with Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

The clip begins with Seacrest ringing Bryan, Richie and Perry then connecting them with Bones.

“We have a premiere date,” Bones excitedly shares.

“Mark your calendars because American Idol is back,” Seacrest continues, ” February 16, all new! You ready?”

Check out the creative announcement video below.

The upcoming season marks the 18th season of Idol overall and the third 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.