On Monday (May 13), American Idol confirmed they were coming back for a third season on Twitter. “We’re singing with excitement! American Idol is coming back for a third season on ABC!” they wrote.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) May 13, 2019
Bobby Bones, who has served as a mentor this entire season, and chose a song for each of the Top 5 to perform Sunday night, replied to the tweet with three hand clapping emojis.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) May 13, 2019
Variety reported that the judging panel isn’t set for next season, which could be the reason why Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and even host Ryan Seacrest haven’t said a peep. ABC rebooted Idol last year, with the intention for it to be a long-term network franchise, but they need costs to come down. Perry made headlines last year for raking in $25 million per season.
They also report that Seacrest is most likely under a long-term deal with ABC, seeing as his Emmy Award-winning daytime talkshow Live With Kelly & Ryan is on the same network. TVLine has learned that the network has made offers to all three judges to return, but no deals have been made yet.
He said, “Love that a third season is on the way. All things feel positive that me and Lionel and Katy will be back. We’re doing the business of the business.”
Bryan also revealed he wants to negotiate his salary.
“I always like to find out what Blake [Shelton] is making on The Voice and just do it $1 more than him,” he joked.
The “Knockin’ Boots” singer will get his chance to ask him in person soon, seeing as they’re playing a show together in Tishomingo, Oklahoma on Memorial Day Weekend.
— Ole Red Tishomingo (@OleRedTish) May 2, 2019
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