As part of the sixth season of American Idol on ABC, and the 21st season overall of the show, four judges will be returning, including Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, who has returned for this season as well. A new series is going to be produced in the spring of 2023, which will be the return of this series.
Perry, Bryan, and Richie were on hand to judge as part of the revival of Fox's beloved show at the end of 2018, with Seacrest hosting the show since 2002, and Perry, Bryan, and Richie had been judges since ABC revived the show in 2011. It has been announced that American Idol will bring back the Idol Across America, previously known as the auditions throughout all 50 states and Washington, D.C., which will take place throughout the country from February 15th through 28th.
The auditions will offer hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an American Idol producer, with the possibility of going on to participate in the judge auditions. American Idol is produced by a production company called Fremantle and 19 Entertainment as a part of Sony Pictures TV's American Idol network.
Along with Megan Wolflick who serves as the executive producer and showrunner on the show, Jennifer Mullin from Fremantle, Joel Holzman, and Aaron Saidman from 19 Entertainment are the executive producers of the show, and they work together with Jennifer Mullin on the show. The distribution of the series throughout the world is handled by Fremantle, which is the rights holder.