“American Idol” Names Its Judges For Season 22

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American Idol Announces Its Judges For Season 22, Which Will Premiere In 2024

The 21st season on American Idol ended in May with Iam Tongi’s big win. But before that, Idol announced its renewal for Season 22 (its seventh season on ABC).

Idol shared the good news on May 16. They said, “Get ready to sing along with us for another season!


Announcement from American Idol that it's been renewed for a new season
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Deadline reported Idolhas provided consistently strong ratings for ABC since the network picked it up in 2018.” So it made perfect sense for the network to renew the show for another season!

At the time Idol made this announcement, no one knew if judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie were returning. Though Bryan told ET he’d be “running through the door, first thing” if Idol asked him to come back.

He also told Taste of Country:

“My future with Idol [will continue] as long as the show is growing and popping, and we feel like we’re doing beautiful work as a show.”


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Bryan offered some insight into Richie and Perry’s mindsets too:

“As long as the vibe feels like we’re moving onward and upward — and we’re getting emotionally moved, we’re telling the stories of kids and the American spirit, and it’s a show that kids [and] parents can cry and laugh together and have fun [watching] — it’s gonna be a tough show for me and Lionel and Katy to walk away from.”

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, & Lionel Richie Will All Return To Judge Another Season Of Idol

Then, on Monday (July 24), Idol confirmed Bryan, Richie, and Perry’s return for Season 22. Longtime host Ryan Seacrest confirmed his return as well.

The new season will premiere in early 2024. An exact premiere date remains unknown at the time of this writing.

We can’t wait to see the new talent Idol discovers for its upcoming season! Head below to enjoy Bryan’s country duet with one of Season 23’s standout stars, Colin Stough.

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