ABC has locked in the premiere date for its revival of the singing competition “American Idol.” The show will bow on the Alphabet Network on Sunday, March 11, from 8-10 p.m. ET.
Ryan Seacrest announced the news today on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country,” ABC said in an announcement released today. “Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in ‘American Idol’ history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.”
The announcement adds: “Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.” Seacrest returns as the series host.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer Megan Wolflick.