VIDEO: Will Ryan Seacrest Host Return of AMERICAN IDOL on ABC? He Responds!
On today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, host Ryan Seacrest responded to rumors that he will return as host of AMERICAN IDOL, reportedly coming to ABC in 2018. Watch the clip below!
Last week, TMZ reported that the long-time singing competition series AMERICAN IDOL will be resurrected on ABC beginning in March 2018. While ABC insists there is no official deal in place, sources tell the site that negotiations are far along and that details are being ironed out as we speak. Both sides are expected to ink a deal "soon." Sources say that ABC will officially announce the return of Idol at its annual Upfront event in two weeks.
Created by Simon Fuller, Idol began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, and ended on April 7, 2016. It began as an addition to the Idols format based on the British series Pop Idol, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by the viewers in America through telephones, Internet, and SMS text voting. Winners chosen by viewers in its fifteen seasons were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, and Trent Harmon.