The gang will all be back in the upcoming 21st season of american idol. ABC announced on Thursday (July 28) that Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be back behind the judge’s desk for the long-running talent show’s sixth season on the network. They will, of course, be joined by the show’s only remaining original cast member, host Ryan Seacrest, who will keep the trains rolling when the competition returns to air in the spring of 2023.
Auditions for the upcoming season begin Aug. 3 when “Idol Across America” returns with its virtual nationwide search for talent. Auditions will take place in all 50 states and Washington, DC, where the process kicks off with the annual “First 500” event, which gives a few aspiring stars the chance to win a VIP spot ahead of their other auditions.
As in previous years, the “Idol Across America” process allows singers to perform in front of one Idol producer from anywhere in the country on any audition date for a chance to advance to the audition round of the competition. For more information on how to participate in “Idol Across America” and a chance for a virtual audition click here. Contestants must be at least 15 years old to audition, which they can do on any “Idol Across America” date regardless of location.
Perry had some fun with the announcement of the cast’s return in a silly video she posted Thursday afternoon that played up the no-drama drama surrounding which of the celebrity judges would return; Perry, Richie and Bryan are the second longest judging panel in the show’s history, just two seasons back from the 8 rounds of the original group that included Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.
In another Idol news, on Friday (July 29), reigning Season 20 winner Noah Thompson released his Nationwide cover of Rihanna’s “Stay.”
Check out the “Idol Across America” audition dates, watch Perry’s video and listen to Thompson’s cover below:
- ‘First 500’ VIP Event (August 3)
- Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (August 5)
- Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (August 8)
- Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (August 10)
- Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (August 12)
- Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi (August 15)
- Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (August 17)
- Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington (August 19)
- Open Call: Nationwide (August 22)
- Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (August 24)
- Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming (August 26)
- Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington DC (August 29)
- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (August 31)
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) 28 July 2022