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ABC will revive ‘American Idol’ for 2017-2018 season

MUMBAI: US broadcaster ABC is bringing back the singing based reality show ‘American Idol’.

The show had run for 15 seasons on Fox and proved to be a game changer for that network. Famous singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson were discovered through that show.

ABC has now closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group. Together, they will revive television’s most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favourite and making more dreams come true.

A host and judges will be announced at a later time. Ryan Seacrest had hosted the show on Fox. Simon Cowell was one of the judges and was famous for being acerbic and blunt.

“ ‘American Idol’ on ABC…that has a nice ring to it. ‘Idol’ is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Bachelor.’ America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever ‘Idol’,” said Disney Media Networks co-chairman, Disney|ABC president Ben Sherwood.

“ ‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon. ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey.

FremantleMedia Group CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, ”ABC’s passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for ‘American Idol.’ We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It’s an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television.”

“All of the intense ‎speculation surrounding the comeback of ‘American Idol’ demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains. ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of ‘Idol’ and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows,” said Core Media Group CEO Peter Hurwitz.

When ‘American Idol’ debuted in the US on Fox, the series revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. The ‘Idol’ format has taken on original versions in 55 countries around the world, and ‘American Idol’ itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries.

‘American Idol’ has already been a part of the Disney|ABC family, with “The American Idol Experience” taking residence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park for five years. The live production featured park guests auditioning for Disney cast members and then performing in front of a live audience. The winner then received a “Dream Ticket” that granted them front-of-the-line privileges at future “American Idol” auditions. An impressive five Disney Dream Ticket contestants made it to the Top 24 in one season alone.