AMERICAN IDOL - "218 (Season Finale)" - Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, "American Idol" rounds out its second season on ABC with an epic grand finale event, featuring "Idol"'s Top 3 contestants: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. For the first time in "Idol" history, America's live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner of the iconic singing competition series, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends, including "Idol"'s very own superstar judges, the return of fan-favorite contestants from the current season and a special visit by last season's winner, Maddie Poppe. Poppe's debut album, "Whirlwind," drops on Friday, May 17. The jam-packed music event airs SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
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Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie will return for American Idol‘s third season on ABC, which premieres in spring 2020, the network announced Monday.

The nationwide search for the next singing superstar kicked off with auditions in Brooklyn, New York, and will advance on to 21 additional cities. Additional auditions will be held until Sept. 21, when it ends in Chicago.

“‘American Idol’ is the original music competition series,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Bobby to continue in their roles as ‘American Idol’ searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”

In addition to the hosts, Multimedia personality Bobby Bones will be coming back in his role as in-house mentor. One name missing from the list of returnees is host Ryan Seacrest, although EW has learned that an announcement about his return is imminent.

In May, the show wrapped up its second season on ABC and 17th overall (Fox was Idol’s previous home). Laine Hardy was crowned as the winner, after beating out Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg.

American Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, who also serves as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin and Megan Wolflick; with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

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