“American Idol” Renewed for Second Season on ABC

The search for the nation’s next singing star continues. 

The TV singing competition American Idol will return for a second season on ABC. The news was announced by the network on Friday. It has also been confirmed that judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest will return to the show’s upcoming season. 

“I am thrilled that Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan will be back to once again embark on this Idol journey with us to discover the next crop of inspiring talent,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

This isn’t the show’s first run of course. It first debuted in 2002 and went on for a 15 season run on Fox while this year’s revival found a new home on ABC. The revival brought with it some changes compared to the show’s original run, particularly with the network doing away with bad auditions as the center of the show. “We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation,” series executive producer Trish Kinane said.

Looks like Idol is here to stay.