Live Voting for AMERICAN IDOL Kicks Off During 2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

In anticipation of the debut of AMERICAN IDOL at its new home on ABC, America will have the chance to vote an Idol hopeful through to Hollywood ahead of the season premiere. It all kicks off, live, during the 2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS on SUNDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST). The news was announced today on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Idol's all-star panel of judges including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, have traveled the country in search of America's next superstar. For some lucky auditionees who nearly made the cut, THE JOURNEY isn't over. Bryan, Perry and Richie will select singers to re-audition for a SECOND CHANCE at the competition. Their audition videos will be broadcast live during the "2017 American Music Awards," and viewers will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer by visiting www.americanidol.com/vote. The singer who receives the most votes will receive a Golden Ticket to Hollywood and will be revealed by Lionel Richie, live, during a special appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Nov. 20.

"American Idol" is set to premiere on Sunday, Mar. 11, on The ABC Television Network. Emmy®-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved music competition series.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

About ABC Entertainment ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall's No. 1 new drama, "The Good Doctor"; as well as "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" and "The Mayor"; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas "Designated Survivor," "Quantico," "Scandal" "How to Get Away with Murder," "Grey's Anatomy," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Once Upon a Time." The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy® Award-winning "Modern Family" and trailblazing comedy favorites "black-ish," "American Housewife," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "The Middle" and "Speechless"; hit game shows "$100,000 Pyramid," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank," iconic "The Bachelor" franchise, long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," and the return of "American Idol"; "General Hospital," which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show "The Chew"; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars®," "The CMA Awards," "The American Music Awards" and "The Billboard Music Awards."

About FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.

About CORE Media Group CORE Media Group (CMG) is a leading independent media and entertainment company that creates premium content for linear television and digital platforms through its in-house creative team, as well as a myriad of partnerships with well-established industry leaders, including Sharp Entertainment, B-17 and its newly formed digital studio, Thumb Candy. Through CMG's 19 Entertainment, it has launched the successful music careers of multiple platinum artists.



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