After months of wondering when and where, the new ‘American Idol’ reboot has finally set a premiere date -- Sunday, March 11th.
Ryan Seacrest made the announcement on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Monday. Seacrest will return to host the show, with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie beside him.
American Idol ended its 15- season run on Fox in April 2016. ABC officially announced the revival last May.
As for judging styles for Bryan, Perry, and Richie, that’s “to be determined,” Katy Perry told Us Weekly and other reporters at the American Idol auditions last month.
Auditions for the reboot started in August, as the iconic Idol Bus drove from Portland, Oregon to Orlando, Florida. There were 23 stops across the nation and fans were even encouraged to audition online using the official tag, #TheNextIdol. People were also able to audition through a Livestream platform; a modern twist for the show.
E! News reports that more than 300,000 people posted on social media about the auditions.
"American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC, said in a statement. "Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC's lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol."