American Idol 2017 will see the return of Ryan Seacrest. As some fans may know, Seacrest served as host for the singing competition since its first season. He had since remained until the show’s finale in 2016. With the reboot of American Idol, it seems that Seacrest will return to host.
Ryan Seacrest Returns for American Idol 2017
Seacrest has confirmed his Idol comeback on his current show, Live With Kelly and Ryan. He shared, “To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney-ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it — especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”
Prior to the confirmation of the news, reports suggest that Seacrest’s return was deemed unlikely. This is due to the fact that he already has Live With Kelly and Ryan on his plate. He also has his morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest to work around with.
However, considering recent developments, it looks like Seacrest will opt to juggle his projects at once. As reports indicate, the host will stick to a meticulous schedule of flying back and forth to cater to Idol. Such may be Seacrest’s approach, as he is currently based in New York City, whereas Idol was filmed in Los Angeles.
Seacrest now joins Katy Perry as part of Idol’s return. Reportedly, Perry signed a $25 million contract to work as a judge. Other judges for the reboot have yet to be announced. However, names such as Lionel Richie and former Idol contestant Carrie Underwood are speculated to join Perry.
American Idol 2017 Auditions
Recently, an audition schedule for the reboot was revealed by ABC. Aspiring contestants may show up at the designated locations nearest to them on their respective dates. They may also opt for an online screening by sending an audition video instead. Alternatively, interested parties may choose both options. The minimum age requirement for potential contestants, however, is 15.
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