Deadline: ‘American Idol’: ABC’s Rob Mills & Fremantle’s Trish Kinane On How The Live Show Must Go On

American Idol was one of the most high-profile entertainment shows that was shutdown by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC and Fremantle have spent the last few weeks working out how to proceed with the format’s live shows, going through dozens of scenarios, including one that would see the audience replaced by virtual Disney characters.

The Disney-owned network and the RTL-backed producer have now figured out a plan – scheduling four more episodes to whittle the final 20 contestants down to find a winner.

The show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as well as mentor Bobby Bones, returns with a two-hour episode on Sunday April 26. It is produced by Fremantle in association with Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment.

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