Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry Return To ‘American Idol’ To Begin Filming ‘Historic’ New Season

Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest; Photo Courtesy American Idol
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 milestone Season 20 of American Idol is officially underway! 

Judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, along with longtime host, Ryan Seacrest, are “back at it” as filming for the highly anticipated new season began in Austin, Texas this week. 

Idol shared the exciting news on social media, along with a photo of the beloved cast members. 

Bryan also shared the news via Instagram, telling fans, “We can’t wait to put together this historic 20th season of the show and our 5th season as judges.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The news comes after ABC confirmed that Bryan, Richie, Perry and Seacrest would be returning to the show with an announcement on Good Morning America in early August. 

“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.’”

“’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.”

Those interested in auditioning for American Idol can click HERE for details. 

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