American Idol fans, rejoice! ABC just announced that country superstar and longtime AI judge Luke Bryan and host of The Bobby Bones Show and AI‘s in-house mentor Bobby Bones have signed on to return for the upcoming season of the hit singing competition. Also returning for the third season of Idol on ABC will be judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
The only Idol star currently missing from the mix is host Ryan Seacrest. The network hopes to lock in a deal with him soon.
“I do not believe he will be missing,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re in ongoing conversations with Ryan about returning, and I’m hopeful that he will.”
The upcoming season marks the 18th season of Idol overall and the third on ABC.
“American Idol is the original music competition series,” Burke said in a statement. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”
American Idol will return to ABC in the Spring of 2020.