American Idol

Judges Luke Bryan, from left, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie return for the new season of “American Idol.” The popular singing competition is currently crossing the country in search of the next superstar. — PHOTO: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Local singers are invited to audition for the Spring 2020 season of “American Idol.” Returning to the judges table in search of the next singing sensation are music superstars Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and four-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie. Multimedia personality Bobby Bones returns as in-house mentor.

While the tour will not come to Philadelphia this year, motivated singers can get their shot at fame at auditions being held in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 4) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 7). ABC states that in addition to auditioning in person, hopefuls can also submit audition videos online or show off their talent via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

“American Idol” is the original music competition series,” Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launhing 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.”

“We are delighted to have our judges Katy, Luke and Lionel as well as in-house mentor Bobby back on ‘American Idol,’” said executive producer and showrunner Trish Kinane. “They are all credible, hugely successful artists and will bring their expertise, passion and energy to the search for America’s next superstar. They have an undeniable chemistry together, making for another fun and exciting season.”

Singers must be at least 15 years old to audition. Visit for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

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