Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie Back as American Idol Judges for Show's Fourth Season on ABC
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The show is currently hosting "Idol Across America" virtual, remote auditions across all 50 states. The new process allows hopefuls to demonstrate their vocals from anywhere, face-to-face with an Idol producer. The new season is expected to premiere sometime in 2021.
ABC renewed American Idol ahead of its season 3 finale in May, which was filmed remotely, including a performance from Perry. Last season's winner, Just Sam, who was crowned virtually, offered Idol hopefuls a message as they begin this new process.
"You might be auditioning from your bedroom, your living room, but you have to treat this as if you're on the Idol stage in front of millions of people," she said in the video.
Reflecting on his career, Seacrest, 45, opened up to PEOPLE in 2016 about how his life changed after landing the Idol hosting gig back in 2002.
“I can’t even begin to compare my life then and now,” he said at the time. “I mean, when this all started, I was living in a one-bedroom apartment and splitting the rent with another dude.”
“I was just going out there and trying my best,” said Seacrest, who co-hosted the first season with Brian Dunkleman before flying solo after. “It took a few seasons before I embraced the fact that it was a big live show and things were not always going to be perfect. I got more comfortable every year.”
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