American Idol to air remote live performance episodes amid coronavirus shutdown
American Idol is singing a new quaran-tune.
Production on the ABC singing competition's live shows was temporarily postponed, but the network and production company Fremantle have found a creative way to keep the show's current season on track.
Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, as well as host Ryan Seacrest and mentor Bobby Bones, will kick-off a remote live version of the show beginning Sunday, April 26, with the Top 20 contestants performing for America's vote from home.
"How will @AmericanIdol continue? I'll be judging from California ☀️ @LionelRichie from LA 👋 @LukeBryan& @mrBobbyBones in Nashville.🤠 @RyanSeacrest will host from Cali!🌴 Contestants perform at their house!🎤 America will VOTE from HOME and choose a WINNER," Perry announced via Instagram on Tuesday.
To buy some time, the network produced two specials called American Idol: This Is Me, airing last weekend and this Sunday, which give a dive deeper into the lives of the remaining singers and also include unseen footage and performances.
At least contestants who'll be eliminated won't have far to travel.
Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.