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American Idol (season 16)

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American Idol
Season 16
Broadcast from March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11) – present
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster ABC

The sixteenth season of American Idol premiered on March 11, 2018, on the ABC television network. Although this is the sixteenth overall, season, it is the first season of American Idol to air on ABC. Ryan Seacrest continued his role as the show's host, while Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie joined as judges.


In early 2017, Variety reported that FremantleMedia was in talks to revive the show for NBC or for its original network, Fox.[1] A dispute between Fremantle and Core Media Group derailed these plans.[2]

Then, in May 2017, it was announced that ABC was making a bid to revive the program.[3] Later, ABC announced that it had acquired the rights to the series, and that American Idol would return for the 2017–18 television season.[4][5] On November 6, 2017, it was announced that the revival season would premiere on March 11, 2018.[6]

On May 16, 2017, Katy Perry was the first judge to be announced by ABC.[7] On July 20, 2017, it was announced on Live with Kelly and Ryan, that Ryan Seacrest would be returning as the host for the revival season.[8] On September 24, 2017, Luke Bryan was the second judge to be announced for the revival season.[9] On September 29, 2017, Lionel Richie was the third and final judge to be announced.[10]

On February 21, 2018, it was announced that iHeartRadio radio personality Bobby Bones would be the mentor for the Top 24 this season.

Regional auditions

In June 2017, it was announced that American Idol would begin two bus tours in 19 cities, later increased to 22, for audition starting August 17, 2017.[11][12] Those who passed their first audition would go in front of the producers where they would be selected to appear before the judges in the following cities:

Date of airing City Date Venue
March 11, 2018 (part 1)
March 12, 2018 (part 2)
New York, New York October 3–4, 2017 Madison Square Garden[13]
March 12, 2018 (part 2) New Orleans, Louisiana October 14, 2017 Mardi Gras World[14]
March 11, 2018 (part 1) Nashville, Tennessee October 19–20, 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame
March 12, 2018 (part 2) Savannah, Georgia October 28–29, 2017
March 11, 2018 (part 1)
March 12, 2018 (part 2)
Los Angeles, California November 16–17, 2017 Hollywood and Highland Center[15]

During the live broadcast of the 2017 American Music Awards, three contestants who did not pass the audition in front of the judges were given one more chance to allow the public to vote for them.[16] The three candidates were Maris, Britney Holmes and Dominique Smith. The winner of the golden ticket to Hollywood was then revealed the following night on an episode of Dancing with the Stars. Lionel Richie appeared in the show announcing that the public vote was in favor of Britney Holmes, a 28-year-old vocal coach from Texas, who is headed to Hollywood as the first declared semifinalist of the season.[17]



No. Title Air date Time slot (ET) Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Auditions, Part 1: New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville" March 11, 2018 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 2.3/8 10.48 TBD TBD TBD TBD [18]
2 "Auditions, Part 2: New York, Savannah, Los Angeles, and Nashville" March 12, 2018 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.8/7 8.41 TBD TBD TBD TBD [19]
3 "Auditions, Part 3: Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Savannah" March 18, 2018 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.8/6 7.81 TBD TBD TBD TBD [20]
4 "Auditions, Part 4: Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, and New York" March 19, 2018 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.6/6 7.68 TBD TBD TBD TBD [21]

Critical response

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds an approval rating of 73% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.08/10.[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 60 out of 100 based on eight reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[23]


  1. ^ Holloway, Daniel. "NBC in Talk to Revive "American Idol"". Variety. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Pena, Jessica. "American Idol: Revival Reportedly Not Moving Forward". TV Series Finale. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ Nemetz, Dave (May 2, 2017). "American Idol Reboot Eyed at ABC". TVLine. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael (May 9, 2017). "'American Idol' Officially Returning at ABC". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Holloway, Daniel, ‘American Idol’: ABC Confirms Plan to Revive Talent Competition Series, Variety, May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Staff, Variety. "'American Idol' Premiere Date Revealed". Variety. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Melas, Chloe (May 16, 2017). "Katy Perry is your next American Idol judge". CNN. United States: Time Warner. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Evans, Greg. "Ryan Seacrest Returns To Host ABC's 'American Idol'; Keeps 'Kelly & Ryan' Gig". Deadline. 
  9. ^ "Luke Bryan to Become New 'American Idol' Judge". Rolling Stone. September 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to join American Idol as judges". Entertainment Weekly. September 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ Gil Kaufman (June 12, 2017). "Katy Perry Reveals 'American Idol' Reboot Audition Dates". Billboard. 
  12. ^ Amy Barton (August 29, 2017). "American Idol Auditions 2017: Cities and Dates Announced". 
  13. ^ "There's a new sheriff in town! Flawless Katy Perry is futuristic chic as she rocks metallic outfit for first day of filming American Idol as judge". October 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ Kenny Lopez (October 12, 2017). "J-Lo told New Orleans singer 'No,' but now she'll get another chance at American Idol fame". 
  15. ^ Bronson, Fred (November 17, 2017). "Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Talk 'American Idol' & Their Histories With the Show". Billboard. 
  16. ^ Michele Amabile Angermiller (November 19, 2017). "'American Idol' Lets Audience Send One Hopeful to Hollywood During American Music Awards". Variety. 
  17. ^ Michele Amabile Angermiller (November 21, 2017). "'American Idol' Reveals Its First Finalist". Variety. 
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (13 March 2018). "'Bob's Burgers' and 'Ninja Warrior' adjust up, 'Deception' adjusts down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (13 March 2018). "'The Voice' and 'iZombie' adjust up, 'Good Girls' adjusts down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (20 March 2018). "'Bob's Burgers,' 'NCIS: LA' and 'AFV' adjust up, 'Deception' and '60 Minutes' down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  21. ^ Porter, Rick (March 20, 2018). "'American Idol,' 'Good Girls,' all others hold: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  22. ^ "American Idol: Season 16 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 12, 2018. 
  23. ^ "American Idol – Season 16 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 12, 2016.