Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest return to ‘American Idol’

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are all set to return for American Idol's upcoming fourth season, ABC confirmed. Ryan Seacrest will also return as host of the singing competition series. "American Idol has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people's homes during a time when we needed it the most," Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment said. "There is no one who we feel more confident about leading us into a new season of high notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest." As fans may recall, the show went virtual last season amid coronavirus concerns. For this new season, the show is holding remote auditions in all 50 states as the pandemic continues. "We are thrilled to be able to welcome Ryan, Katy, Lionel and Luke back to help us discover our next American Idol," said executive producer Eli Holzman, CEO of 19 Entertainment's parent company Industrial Media. During the auditions, AI hopefuls will receive real-time feedback as they set out to become the next winner.