ABC’s American Idol Reboot | What You Need to Know

Published on 9/30/17 by Craig Smith

Disney announced earlier this year that they would be bringing the American Idol franchise to their ABC network in 2018. Here is everything you need to know about the American Idol reboot:

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When Will American Idol Debut?

American Idol will debut on ABC on Sunday March 11, 2018 8-10pm EST.

Who Will Host American Idol?

Ryan Seacrest has announced he will return to American Idol. Here is my full story about the announcement.

Who Will Judge American Idol?

Early on, Katy Perry was announced as a judge. More recently, we found out that country star Luke Bryan and pop icon Lionel Richie will join her.

Will Bad Auditions be Aired?

If you were a fan of trainwreck auditions, you will be a but disappointed. It was announced in January 2018 that American Idol will no longer be airing bad auditions. According to reports, the producers considered the airing of bad auditions as exploitation and didn’t feel comfortable continuing the tradition.

Where are the American Idol Auditions Taking Place?

Here is a complete listing of where/when American Idol auditions will be taking place:

August 17: Orlando, FL
Disney Springs
1442 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830

August 17: Portland, OR
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

August 19: Miami, FL
Miami Marine Flex Park
3501 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

August 20: Oakland, CA
Jack London Square
472 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607

August 22: Atlanta, GA
Piedmont Park – Oak Hill
371 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

August 23: Provo, UT 
Courthouse Square
51 South University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601

August 25: Charleston, SC 
Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418

August 26: Denver, CO
Denver Performing Arts Center Terrace
Corner of Speer Blvd & Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80204

August 27: Asheville, NC
68 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28810

August 29: Omaha, NE
Lewis and Clark Landing
345 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102

August 30: Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park – Festival Plaza
235 East Witherspoon
Louisville, KY 40202

September 1: Tulsa, OK
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK 74103

September 3: Pittsburgh, PA
Bakery Square
6425 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

September 4: Shreveport, LA
Riverview Park
601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

September 5: Annapolis, MD
Westfield Annapolis
2002 Annapolis Mall Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

September 6: Fargo, ND
Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo
1635 42nd Street
Fargo, ND 58103

September 7: The Shoals, AL 
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
617 U.S. 72 W
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

September 8: Boston, MA
Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common
Tremont Street & Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108

September 10: Rapid City, SD
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701

September 11: Chicago, IL
McCormick Place
2301 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

September 14: New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

October 11: San Antonio, TX
Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Who is behind the American Idol reboot?

According to ABC, “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.”