'American Idol' Season 21: 5 things you need to know about ABC's singing competition show

'American Idol' Season 21: 5 things you need to know about ABC's singing competition show
'American Idol' judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan (ABC)

It was literally the end of an era when FOX canceled 'American Idol' after season 15, and a resurrection felt like the only logical next step. As expected, ABC's revival consistently stayed afloat in ratings, and season 20 has been a big hit too. This season, fans had gone on a worldwide quest in Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Los Angeles, California, where the show's legendary judge auditions surprised viewers and hopefuls alike with never-seen-before twists and a first-ever Platinum ticket winner.

Huntergirl, Leah Marlene, and Noah Thompson are the last three contenders. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will perform on stage as part of the season finale tradition. It's one of our favorite moments of the season finales every year. As the season comes to a close, here's everything you need to know about Season 21 of 'American Idol.'


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When does 'American Idol' Season 21 air and where can you watch it?

The network has renewed 'American Idol' for Season 21. We'll update this site with the newest information as soon as we get an official debut date!



What is 'American Idol' all about?

'American Idol' was adapted from the original format of the United Kingdom's 'Pop Idol,' which was created by TV personality Simon Fuller. Judges explore the country for the most outstanding vocalists, starting at the age of 15, who compete for the crown and a recording agreement. Several tone-deaf performers are thrown into the mix during the audition rounds, and although being used as filler, they provide a significant amount of entertainment.



Who stars in 'American Idol' Season 21?

While it is too soon to say if Ryan, Lionel, Katy, or Luke will return to American Idol for the new season, their on-screen chemistry has kept the show as fascinating and exciting as ever. They've truly hit their stride this season, as indicated by their selections of audition contestants who went on to become fan favorites, as well as the popularity of the Judges' Song Contest.



Who are the showrunners?

'American Idol' is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment.


The official trailer for 'American Idol' Season 21 has yet to be released. Stay tuned for more information.

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