It was recently confirmed that American Idol has been renewed for a fourth season at ABC, and 18th season overall, however, the network has yet to reveal if the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, will return for the next season.
After this week’s Idol finale, where Samantha ‘Just Sam’ Diaz was crowned winner, the judges opened up about their future with the show and it sounds like fans might be seeing the same faces on the judges’ panel next season.
“I think what everybody needs to realize is that this crew, this team we started with American Idol — we kind of had to revamp the vibe and it takes a little time to rebuild that,” Bryan told reporters after the show. “To go from year one to where we are now, it just feels great. We’ll leave these phone calls and we’ll start talking it out and plan next year, but I know I certainly love where we’re at as the show. I love the product that we’re putting out.”
“We usually start taping in September or October,” Perry, who is pregnant with her first child shared. “I think this whole year is a year of unknown and uncertainty. I think we’ll probably have a plan A, B, and C. I hope we’re all going to be judging on the show. That would fun to stay the same. But I think we kind of just have to go with the flow and be malleable like we were for the end of Idol.”
“What we did this time, we’re actually proving to the world that it’s not just a cute show,” Richie added. “We’re turning out real artists. Being with Katy and Luke, I can’t imagine being with anyone else on this show because it’s just been so fun, but at the same time, so productive. We are actually scaring ourselves when it comes down to what we’re getting in terms of artists. I’m enjoying the process. Bring on the next season, we’re ready.”
At this time, it is also unclear if longtime host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones will return.