The singing competition will be back next season.
May 9, 2017
That didn't take long. Just over one year since Fox aired the final episode of American Idol, ABC has struck a new deal to revive the series as part of its prime time lineup in the 2017-2018 season. Rumors had been swirling for weeks that ABC and Fox were involved in a bidding war to bring the once-dominant singing competition back to the air.
American Idol originally premiered back in 2002, where it quickly gained popularity and eventually became a flagship series for Fox, dominating in the ratings for a good number of its years on the air. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the series re-invigorated the popularity of prime time talent competitions, resulting in countless attempts by other networks to duplicate its success. While most failed to make a similar impact, others - notably NBC's The Voice - continue to draw strong ratings to this day.
A statement released by the network promises a "bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol," adding "ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams."
A host and judging panel have yet to be announced for Idol's revival, though there has been talk that Seacrest could make a return to the show that helped make him a household name.
08/04/17 at 01:56pm
I predict this revival attempt will be short-lived and be quickly replaced by ABC's terrific version of "Match Game".
05/11/17 at 08:44pm
It won't be the same without Simon or Randy
05/10/17 at 09:22pm
The best thing about American Idol was that it was cancelled.
05/10/17 at 08:26am
I watched many of American Idol's seasons on Fox but truly I am tired of singing competitions and was glad when it was put to rest. I don't watch The Voice nor will I watch this. I mean what more can change? Funny auditions? Deep back stories to engage the viewer and connect with a singer who eventually gets cut? Pressure during the cut weeks? The key let downs highlighted? And singing with themes each week only to see patterns emerge in the voting? No thanks. I'd rather spend my time elsewhere.
05/10/17 at 07:09am
Seriously? this is like bringing back a 110 year old lady back to life to see if she has any juice left to give. Not only has this show outlived it's time.. now they want to bring it back. Ridiculous.
05/09/17 at 07:18pm
When idol announced its end, I thought "finally, a smart decision! The network has finally realized they could do much better by cutting the fat of a stale repetitive show that's become too bloated and expensive to be worth it and finally pump some of those millions into new programming!"
Well, I guess I was right for a little while. :-(
05/09/17 at 04:23pm
Well today just sucks
05/09/17 at 02:51pm
Yeah still no.
05/09/17 at 02:40pm
Oh god WHY!!!!! We got rid of this "contest" don't bring it back. Another reason why ABC is a dying network. Ever since Disney bought it it has gone downhill from there. Thank you so much for bringing back something nobody wants. We have enough of these so called singing contests.
05/09/17 at 02:27pm
NO Whyyyyyyy? The show died a long time ago after Simon left and added Mariah Carey and JLo. They actually had a nice series finale, just let it be man.
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