ABC revives 'American Idol', promises 'bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol'

Posted at 6:10 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 11:35:36-04

"American Idol" is back!

ABC Network confirmed Tuesday that it was reviving the television singing competition and that it would be "bigger, bolder and better-than-ever," according to Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ABC and Disney.

"American Idol" on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," said Sherwood said in a news release. 

The show will be a part of ABC's 2017-2018 lineup, the release said.

The next question is will Ryan Seacrest return to host? He already hosts his radio show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" and was recently named co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan" alongside Kelly Ripa.

ABC did not make that announcement in the release. It said hosts and judges would be announced at a later date.

"American Idol" ended its run on Fox after fifteen seasons. The show launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, the first crowned "Idol," Carrie Underwood, Jordan Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry, among others.

The show is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group.