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See more of American Idol on our official site: American Idol on Facebook: American Idol on Twitter: American Idol on Instagram: ABC on Facebook: ABC on Twitter: ABC on Instagram: IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves on SUNDAY, MARCH 11 at 8|7c, at its new home on ABC.
The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in “American Idol” history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation, are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series.
American Idol was based on the British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller, which was in turn inspired by the new Zealand television singing competition Popstars. Television producer Nigel Lythgoe saw a version in Australia and helped bring it over to Britain. Fuller was inspired by the idea from Popstars of employing a panel of judges to select singers in audition. He then added other elements, including telephone voting by the viewing public (which, at the time, was already in use in shows, such as the Eurovision Song Contest), the drama of backstories, and real-life soap opera unfolding in real time. The show debuted in Britain in with Lythgoe as showrunner—the executive producer and production leader—and Simon Cowell as one of the judges, and was successful with the viewing public.
In, Fuller, Cowell, and TV producer Simon Jones attempted to sell the Pop Idol format to the united states, but the idea was initially met with poor responses from the Fox television network. However, Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox’s parent company, was later persuaded to buy the series by his daughter, Elisabeth, who was a fan of the British show. The show was renamed American Idol: The Search for a Superstar and debuted in the summer of. Cowell was initially offered the job of showrunner, but turned down the offer; Lythgoe then took over that position. Much to Cowell’s surprise, it became one of the biggest shows of the summer. The show grew into a phenomenon largely due to its personal engagement of the contestants, thereby prompting viewers to vote, and the presence of the acid-tongued Cowell as a judge. By, it had become the most-watched show on U. S. television, a position it then held for seven consecutive seasons. However, after a few years of sharp declining ratings, the network announced that the fifteenth season would be its last, ending its run in April. In May 7, however, ABC acquired the rights to the series and announced that the program would return for the 7–8 television season. 7.