Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official! As the summer heatwave continues, so does the buzz for the upcoming season of the renowned singing competition, American Idol. All eyes have been on the show’s social media channels, and the highly anticipated news finally dropped – the seasoned judging panel featuring Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan is ready to reprise their roles for Season 22, also known as Season 7 in the ABC chronology. Adding to this exciting revelation, the show’s faithful steward, Ryan Seacrest, is also on board to extend his hosting gig.

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The announcement, made via the show’s Instagram account, was a relief for the fans who had been on the edge of their seats: “Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie will return as American Idol judges along with host Ryan Seacrest for Season 7. Audition NOW,” the caption enthusiastically implored.

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With Lionel, Katy, and Luke having donned their judging hats since 2018 when American Idol switched from FOX to ABC, their rapport has been appreciated by fans.

However, Seacrest’s journey dates even further to the show’s very inception. But, following his recent move as the host of Wheel of Fortune, his return to American Idol had been shrouded in doubt.

Katy Perry‘s future on the show was a particular point of anxiety for fans. Rumors swirled that the pop sensation was considering quitting due to dissatisfaction with her portrayal by the show’s producers. However, the recent announcement quashes those whispers and confirms Perry’s commitment to the upcoming season, much to the fans’ delight.

This confirmation from ABC also serves as a reminder – auditions for Season 22 are currently underway. The pursuit for the next big star has begun, with auditions running from August 4 to September 6. Fans and aspirants are now gearing up for another season of awe-inspiring performances and memorable moments.

American Idol is set to make its return in Spring 2024. Until then, fans are left with their excitement and speculations about the forthcoming season while the aspiring contestants brace themselves for the audition rooms.

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