The entire American Idol team is officially returning with Ryan Seacrest at the helm.
Seacrest confirmed the news via a statement Sunday.
“American Idol has been my home for 17 seasons and I can’t wait to return to the stage,” said Seacrest. “It’s the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years.”
In addition to Seacrest back as host, also back is the entire team including judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, and in-house mentor Bobby Bones.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, added “We are delighted that our entire Idol dream team will be reuniting for the upcoming season on ABC. Ryan has been hosting Idol since the beginning, and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the show after 17 seasons are remarkable. We can’t wait to see what’s in store as Ryan, our superstar judges and in-house mentor set out on their nationwide search for the next great music sensation.”
American Idol is kicking off its 18th season overall and its 3rd on ABC.