Luke Bryan Confirmed To Return To ‘American Idol’

It’s official – American Idol is set to return for a fourth season at ABC and the judges’ panel –…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 19, 2020


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Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

It’s official – American Idol is set to return for a fourth season at ABC and the judges’ panel – including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie – will remain the same.

The network confirmed the news on Wednesday (Aug. 19) and also revealed that longtime host Ryan Seacrest will also return to the popular show.

American Idol has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire — and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people’s homes during a time when we needed it the most,” ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said in a statement. “There is no one who we feel more confident about leading us into a new season of high notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest.”

In-house mentor, Bobby Bones, however, was not mentioned in ABC’s announcement. At this time, it is unclear whether or not the multi-media personality will return for another season.

American Idol is currently hosting virtual auditions for the upcoming season. Fans can visit the official “Idol Across America” website to learn more.

American Idol will return to ABC in the spring of 2021.

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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.