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‘American Idol’ judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will return next season

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ABC announced that “American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will all return for Season 22, along with the show’s veteran host, Ryan Seacrest.

The announcement comes just before the reality singing competition kicks off its “Idol Across America” auditions on Aug. 2. The live virtual auditions give singers and musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents face to face with an “American Idol” producer from anywhere in the U.S., with the hopes of advancing to audition for the trio of judges themselves. For the first time in “Idol Across America” history, contenders will also be given the opportunity to audition under their genre.

The auditions begin with the First 700 event, in which potential contestants can sign up to grab a VIP spot before anyone else. The Judge’s Song Contest returns as judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie each suggest songs for the contestants to choose from.

Season 22 of “American Idol” will debut Spring 2024.  For more info on how to sign up for “Idol Across America” auditions, visit

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