Viewers are in for a special season of American Idol as country superstar Luke Bryan is set to return to the show.
The news was officially announced on Good Morning America and later confirmed by ABC on Tuesday morning (August 3).
Bryan will return alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as well as longtime host Ryan Seacrest.
“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,” said 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.”
Bobby Bones, who has appeared on the show for four seasons, has not yet announced his status.
Although the start date for Season 20 has not been announced yet, auditions will start virtually this week.
The upcoming season marks the show’s 20th season overall and fifth at ABC.
Bryan has been an important addition to the judges’ table, as he has done a great job of representing country music throughout the competition.