American Idol In Production For 2021 Shows

American Idol In Production For 2021 Shows


October 10th, 2020


The old show biz motto: “The show must go on,” comes to life with American Idol. Despite the pandemic, American Idol will be back in 2021 with Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan and of course, Ryan Seacrest. They have already headed into production of the ever popular show, but with all the precautions necessary to keep not only the cast and crew safe, but the contestants as well. If you recall, American Idol was one of the first major entertainment formats to battle through the COVID-19 production shutdown to finish its last season with a series of episodes filmed remotely. It worked and they are back with the judge’s auditions episodes being filmed at a number of locations across California. While in previous seasons, the show would be filmed all over the country, this year, AI is staying slightly closer to home due to the worldwide pandemic. Contestants will be traveling to each of the auditions from all over the country, while the AI production team has put in place rigorous health and safety protocols to ensure that the set is as safe as possible. Cast and crew are all being tested in accordance with local, state, union and industry guidelines from organizations including the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), federal, state, local government and health agencies and medical professionals. There will also be social distancing on set and cast and crew will be required to wear masks when not on camera. In fact, instead of Lionel, Luke and Katy sitting at the same table, the trio will have separate tables.  American Idol has already held its first round of auditions, “Idol Across America”, virtually using custom-built Zoom technology. Forget the bus tour around the good old U.S. of A, instead AI ran remote auditions across all 50 states and DC in August and September. A round of applause to the American Idol production company, crew and cast, who found a way to bring this iconic ABC TV series once again to the American public. 


  1. Zoe Zuckerman says:

    This makes me sooooo happy. I love American Idol and I am glad the team stuck together. Katy, Lionel and Luke are so much fun to watch. It is my favorite show. I also watch The Voice, but the American Idol judges have more chemistry together. Idol will always be #1.

    Zoe Zuckerman
    Pittsburgh, PA

  2. DeLisa Lambert says:

    Finally, some good news in this crazy pandemic, election year that is driving me insane. I now have something to look forward to that makes me happy. I love Americvan Idol and I love Luke, Lionel and Katy for bringing the magic. They make me laugh, they make me cry and they are the best trio of judges ever.

    DeLisa Lambert
    Oklahoma City, OK

  3. Jade Richards says:

    I love American Idol. I love watching the judges relate to each other and relate to the contestants. I love watching the passion, the heartbreak, the joy and the tears. I love everything about American Idol. It never gets old because each year here comes more talented (maybe not all) singers who have a dream and we get to share in it. Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are the perfect combo. And Ryan is the best. American Idol is a winner. So happy they found away in this chaos to bring it to our homes once again. Stay cast and crew! We need you to bring the music to America.

    Jade Richards
    Boston, MA

  4. Justin Yee says:

    American Idol has always been a favorite of mine and I am so happy that they found a way to keep going during this pandemic because we need shows like Idol right now more than ever. We need to see familiar faces talking to us like Lionel, Luke and Katy. We need Lionel’s smile, Katy’s craziness, Luke’s gentle voice. We need to see people pursuing their dreams despite what is happening around us. We need the songs and the singers. We need someone to root for. We can turn on TV and there is American Idol where it has always been for so long and maybe, just maybe we will get through this—together.

    Justin Yee
    San Diego, CA

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