Details announced for the new season of American Idol

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American Idol cast Ryan Seacrest, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

“American Idol” fans, mark your calendars: The show’s 21st season is officially slated to premiere on February 19, 2023 — but filming is already underway. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming season.

The ‘American Idol’ cast is already recording season 21

On November 7, 2022, “American Idol” announced that its 21st season would debut on Sunday February 19, 2023. The two-hour premiere will air at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on ABC, which will result in ABC’s new spy drama series, The Company You Keep, starring Milo Ventimiglia. Fans can also stream “Idol” on Hulu.

The first 15 seasons of “Idol” aired on FOX from 2002 to 2016, but the show was revived by ABC in 2018 with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. All three return for their sixth season alongside host Ryan Seacrest, who has been with the show for all 21 seasons.

Though the show may never match the staggering ratings of its first seasons, starring winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, that predated streaming services and social media, “Idol” is still a huge draw and a constant the peak Sunday night prime-time ratings, by appointment.

On September 25, Seacrest and the judges began filming Season 21 in Las Vegas, the season’s first “judges’ town,” where contestants who made it through online auditions were invited to try themselves in front of the celebrity judges.

The crew and judges moved to New Orleans on October 10, where another group of contestants filmed auditions and promotional materials. Viewers captured video and photos of the judges watching a marching band parade and filmed multiple shots of them walking down a red carpet in celebration of the show’s 21st anniversary.

The final online auditions have ended, and the final batch of contestants who made it will be gathering in the last judge’s city, Nashville, this month. Music City has become a home — or home away from home — for many of Season 20’s top contestants. Winner Noah Thompson splits his time between there and his hometown of Louisa, Kentucky, and both runner-up HunterGirl and third-place finisher Leah Marlene live there.

What happens between now and the ‘Idol’ premiere?

Depending on how many singers Richie, Perry and Bryan impress enough to land a golden ticket, about 64 contestants typically pull into the always-intense Hollywood week, where they work in groups and pairs under tight time constraints and by the judges be excluded with every performance.

Last year acc Candidate Wyatt Pike, Hollywood Week began on December 6, 2021. He made it through each round and into the Showcase round, which is filmed in front of a live studio audience and judging panel on a large stage, and was back home — and part of the Top 24 – until December 18th. However, Pike decided not to continue the show after Hollywood Week.

“American Idol” for the first time in season 20 took all of its top 24 contestants to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, to film more performances — and judge eliminations — on February 14 and 15 Hawaii News Now. The Hawaii performances aired in April and were viewers’ first opportunity to vote live, with results halving the group the following week. ABC hasn’t announced yet if the same process will happen for Season 21. Details announced for the new season of American Idol

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