Everything We Know About ‘American Idol’ Season 20

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ABC’s hit singing competition reality show “American Idol” will be returning for season 20 in early 2022. In fact, the season is already filming auditions in attempts to find the next superstar.

“American Idol” will be changing up some things behind the scenes, bringing in a new showrunner for the first time in over a decade.

According to Deadline, Trish Kinane is retiring from “American Idol,” and Megan Michaels Wolflick, who has been an executive producer on the series, will be taking over.

The outlet reported that Kinane has been the showrunner on the series since the first season of the show, and Wolflick has been working on the show in different positions since the second season when she come on as an associate producer.

“I am happy to have been instrumental in the continued success of ‘America’s Got Talent’ and to have refreshed the ‘American Idol’ format, shepherding it through its last years on Fox to its new home,” Kinane told Deadline.

‘American Idol’ Season 20 Will Have the Same Three Judges

The 20th season of “American Idol” will feature the return of now-staple judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. The judges will be joined again by Ryan Seacrest, who has been hosting the competition since season one and in-house mentor Bobby Bones, who helps out the contestants behind the scenes.

The announcement was made on the official “American Idol” Twitter page that Perry, Richie, Bryan, Seacrest and Bones would be returning.

The Season Will Premiere in Early 2022

“American Idol” airs once a year, meaning that the show will premiere in early 2022.

Like season 19, it’s possible that the show will premiere in mid-February and feature four weeks of audition episodes before moving onto Hollywood Week.

The show will air from February until Mid-May if the pattern holds. Auditions have already started for the upcoming season in the form of virtual auditions. The auditions in front of the “American Idol” judges will take place later this year.

In previous seasons of “American Idol,” any contestants who have previously been on the show and finished in the top 10 have not been able to return to try again.

In the upcoming season, that’s different.

“You are ineligible to participate in the Program if you competed in any previous season of ‘American Idol’ and placed first in the competition,” the new rules read.

That means that only winners are ineligible to return, as well as any former contestants who have record deals or are candidates for public office. It could be a controversial change, as fans were not happy with the season 19 “Comeback” twist where former contestants competed for a spot in the 2021 top 9. When runner-up Arthur Gunn won that comeback spot, some fans were even more upset.

Gunn ended up skipping out on his expected performance at the “American Idol” season 19 finale. In an Instagram post following the Idol finale, Gunn thanked “American Idol” and explained he backed out for “moral” reasons.

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