Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are the judges for the upcoming American Idol and tonight they will appear at the 2017 American Music Awards with an opportunity for some potential Idol contestants. And, according to the official statement released by ABC, “For some lucky auditionees who nearly made the cut, the journey isn’t over. Bryan, Perry and Richie will select singers to re-audition for a second chance at the competition. Their audition videos will be broadcast live during the “2017 American Music Awards,” and viewers will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer by visiting www.americanidol.com/vote. The singer who receives the most votes will receive a Golden Ticket to Hollywood and will be revealed by Lionel Richie, live, during a special appearance on Dancing with the Stars Monday, Nov. 20.” Viewers will have until 2 p.m. tomorrow to cast their votes, according to ABC. Click here to cast your votes once the voting window is open. For voting tonight and tomorrow, there are three singers who are up for the opportunity. Brittney Holmes, a 15-year-old, is one of the three singers who viewers can vote for. An 18-year-old who goes buy “Maris” is another contestant who could be put through with America’s votes, as is Monique Smith. To view the audition videos of each eligible Idol contestant, click here.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Kelly Clarkson winning the title of American Idol and AMAs host Tracee Ellis Ross was sure to acknowledge that during her opening monologue at the show. Her monologue was carried out shortly after Clarkson and singer Pink took the stage to perform the song “Everybody Hurts”. The new revival of American Idol will premiere on March 11, 2017 and Ryan Seacrest is set to return as the show’s host. Currently, Seacrest is also the co-host of Live! With Kelly and Ryan. He also has been dealing with accusations from a former stylist who says he acted inappropriately with her years ago. According to a source via Deadline, the accuser wanted a “substantial amount of money to keep quiet.” In response to the allegations, Seacrest released the following statement, “Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her. If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.” Seacrest then added, “I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be. I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.”