BREAKING: ‘American Idol’ Sets Season 20 Premiere Date

It’s official – American Idol is set to return for its monumental 20th season on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at…


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December 2, 2021


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Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

It’s official – American Idol is set to return for its monumental 20th season on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 8/7c on ABC. 

The award-winning competition show revealed the news on Thursday (Dec. 2), and within moments, country superstar and Idol judge Luke Bryan declared, “Can’t wait to be back!” 


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Bryan, along with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, and longtime host, Ryan Seacrest, returned to filming the show earlier this fall. The music legends documented their return to Idol with a ribbon cutting celebration and later commemorated the occasion with a custom American Idol cake.

“We’re filming on the Sunset Strip this week! 🤘Season 20’s gonna rock, no matter how you slice it,” American Idol wrote alongside a photo of Seacrest, Perry, Bryan and Richie.

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

The Idol cohorts later reunited on ABC with an appearance on the 55th Annual CMA Awards, which was hosted by Bryan. 

“Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with ‘Idol’ on ABC,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “Their star power is unmatched, and their support is a gift to our contestants that have deeply benefited from their wisdom over the past four seasons—and they’re ready to do it again. As we begin a momentous season, I think it’s safe to say this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on ‘Idol.’”

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“’American Idol’ is still the original music show that genuinely creates superstars and continues to evolve to allow true artists to succeed in this unique business,” added executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick. “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

Auditions for American Idol season 20 are now closed. 

The upcoming season marks the show’s 20th season overall and fifth at ABC. 

Chayce Beckham; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol
Chayce Beckham; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol

Chayce Beckham, winner of American Idol season 19, recently released his major label debut single. 

 “Can’t Do Without Me,” a sexy duet with his labelmate, Lindsay Ell, is out now. Listen to the track 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 and her work being featured on 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.