American Idol’s Season 18 premiere date has been formally announced by ABC.
ABC has announced it will premiere the third season of its American Idol revival with a two-hour episode on Sunday, February 16 at 8PM ET/PT.
ABC revealed in May the network had renewed American Idol for the 2019-2020 season.
In August, ABC confirmed Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will return to the series as judges for Season 18. Ryan Seacrest’s reprisal as host was officially announced one month later.
Just like ABC’s two previous editions of American Idol, country music radio personality, Bobby Bones — who won Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars — will continue to advise the contestants all season long as the in-house mentor.
This past week, American Idol announced three former contestants — former Idol hopefuls Layla Spring, Shawn Robinson and Logan Johnson — will compete in a special second-chance competition for Season 18 that will air during the 2019 American Music Awards.
ABC revealed in a commercial that aired during Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars semi-finals broadcast that Layla, Shawn and Logan will battle it out for one golden ticket to the Hollywood Round during this year’s American Music Awards, which will air Sunday, November 24 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Layla, Shawn and Logan didn’t quite make the finals cut on their prior American Idol seasons.
America’s votes will determine which of the three singers will get to compete in Season 18’s Hollywood Round of the new American Idol edition.
While American Idol’s nationwide auditions for the upcoming season have already wrapped, Season 18’s Hollywood Round has not been filmed yet.
The winner will be revealed live on Dancing with the Stars’ Season 28 finale on Monday, November 25.
ABC had announced initial details about the American Idol Season 18 special second-chance competition in a press release.
“As a part of the upcoming contest, three fan-favorite artists from past seasons of ABC’s American Idol will sing their hearts out in a recorded audition piece from Los Angeles’ iconic Whiskey a Go Go,” the network said.
“Their performances will then be shown during the broadcast of the 2019 American Music Awards, after which viewers will have the opportunity to vote their favorite singer through to Hollywood by visiting www.americanidol.com/vote.”
Voting will remain open through Monday, November 25 at 1PM ET/PT.
Layla auditioned for American Idol’s sixteenth season in 2018 as a 16-year-old high school student from Marion County, KY. She was eliminated when the Top 14 contestants were decided by judges Katy, Lionel and Luke.
The judges later ousted Shawn, who auditioned as a 22-year-old hardware store associate from Atlanta, GA, and Logan, who tried out as a 20-year-old golf shop attendant from Boise, ID, from Idol’s seventeenth season earlier this year when contestants were being narrowed down to the Top 14 again.
American Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment with Trish Kinane, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick, Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers.