UPDATE (5/9) -- Amazing news for 'American Idol' fans! Just a few months after NBC teased that the beloved singing talent show might return, the news has finally come that viewers have been waiting to hear. 'American Idol' will officially be returning for a 2017-2018 season, but this time it'll be on ABC—not NBC or Fox, as it was before.
The show could debut in March 2018 and air on Sunday nights, but stay tuned for updates about specific days and times. And get excited! We know we are.
(2/10) Less than one year out from the bittersweet final season of American Idol, NBC has some news that has Idol fans and hopefuls on the edge of their seats!
Variety reports that the beloved talent show may be revived if NBC can fit it into their programming schedule. But that might mean one cycle of the hit show The Voice, rather than two per year.
No word from Fremantle, the company pitching and producing the comeback, on whether host Ryan Seacrest or judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will return, but we certainly hope they do! It's also possible that they could bring back judges from the later seasons, including Ellen Degeneres, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.
Before it's final season, which ended April 7, 2016, American Idol ran for 15 seasons on Fox. It jumpstarted the careers of many successful artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katherine McPhee and Jordin Sparks.
Perhaps Simon Fuller, the show's creator knew that the show would be back. After Idol was cancelled, Fuller told Billboard the show would be return one day.
“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version. And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it,” he said. “The next generation of Idol — and Idol will certainly be coming back for sure — will have a youthful glow and it will be pioneering again, just as it was when we first began.”
We hope the news is true! We've certainly got our fingers crossed.