Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'American Idol' Is Coming Back, ABC Confirms

There's still no word on who will host and judge, and ABC is now saying that will be announced at a later time.

The saga of getting American Idol back on TV is over, with ABC officially closing a deal for a revival of the singing competition series. "America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than- ever Idol".

While that constitutes a steep drop by "American Idol" standards, those numbers aren't far from the top among ABC's current lineup.

Cecile said: "ABC's passion and enthusiasm make them a flawless home for "American Idol".

No host or judges are yet named for the new 16th season.

The show launched the careers of a number of country stars, including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler and more.

According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC won out the rights to AI over Fox and NBC to mark the series' return.

When asked if he would host the show again, Seacrest says, "I don't know about that part yet".

The success of American Idol alumni took a steady decline as the show went on and seemingly lost a bit of its following.

Original judge Randy Jackson was also asked recently if he'd consider a return on a revived "Idol". At the top of its game, the American version of the show garnered monster ratings, ranking number-one with adults 18-49 for seven consecutive seasons. "Do you know the preparation I have to do for [Live] every night?"

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group.

If the show remains in Los Angeles, as expected, Seacrest would have to jet back and forth each week during live Idol episodes.

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