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Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and host Ryan Seacrest set to return for Season 20 of “American Idol”

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, are all officially returning to American Idol’s 20th season overall (and fifth on ABC) in the spring of 2022, The show’s live virtual audition tour, ‘Idol Across America,’ also returns to all 50 states beginning on Friday, August 6.

“American Idol is still the original music show that genuinely creates superstars and continues to evolve to allow true artists to succeed in this unique business,” executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said. “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

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