'American Idol' will return shortly: ABC deal is done for 2017-18

Candice Alexander
May 19, 2017

After 15 years, "Idol" had its farewell season in 2016 amid plunging ratings, but several networks were in talks about reviving it nearly as soon as it went off the air. ABC apparently doesn't want the singing party to end, since it has announced that it is bringing back the music competition series for the 2017-2018 season.

ABC now airs "Once Upon a Time" and "American Crime" on Sundays, but as of Tuesday, neither show has been renewed for another season.

"'American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it", said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC, in a statement. "We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realising their dreams".

Ryan Seacrest seemed interested in returning as a host but admitted that he might be too busy to do it.

No new judges or changes to the show have been announced yet.

ABC has revealed it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air.

She may not want to get too excited, though; "Idol" filmed in Los Angeles in the later rounds, while "Live" shoots in New York City.

At its peak, "American Idol" averaged 36 million viewers and was the top-rated program for eight straight seasons. In its final seasons, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and country crooner Keith Urban also took a turn on the judges' chair.

"I don't know about that part yet", he said.

He played coy when Ripa encourage him to return as host.

"Do you know the preparation I have to do for [Live] every night?" he joked, to which Ripa replied, "Your nights are free and you don't have that much to do".

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