'American Idol' is Coming Back for 2017-2018 Season

Paula Abdul, from left, Randy Jackson, and Ryan Seacrest speak at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.

ABC, which agreed with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment on the reboot, released few details, including whether longtime host Ryan Seacrest will return.

The show was also having a harder time competing for attention with NBC's rival singing competition "The Voice". "We can reveal right here for the first time ABC is bringing "American Idol" back!"

ABC announced the deal on Tuesday's "Good Morning America". But Seacrest recently joined Kelly Ripa on the network's morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, which shoots in New York City daily.

"American Idol", the most popular music reality show in US television history, will return to the screen on ABC in 2018, the network announced on Tuesday. I think this may be a big bust for ABC and some smack talking that will come back to haunt Dungey! "I say yes and bow to you", Ryan responded. "This was news to me, actually, last week".

Cowell's deal with NBC precludes him from returning, but there are rumors the show is interested in bringing back original "Idol" victor Kelly Clarkson on board as a judge. "I don't know if I can host it..." The last episode aired April 7 of a year ago. They made changes along the way, like going from two nights a week to just one.

The show, which was canceled by Fox Television past year after 15 seasons, was once a ratings powerhouse, watched by more than 30 million viewers at its peak in 2005-2007.

The show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson will be back sometime during the next TV season.

But Fox's decision to retire "Idol" came as the show was increasingly criticized for failing to produce stars on par with some of its earliest - and ultimately best-known - talent.

ABC has also tried but failed in the past to enter into the reality singing competition genre, with shows like "The One" in 2006 and 2012's "Duets", with mentors Robin Thicke, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and original "Idol" victor Clarkson.

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