American Idol has announced that its entire cast is returning for Season 22 and that virtual auditions will begin soon.
Season 22, to air next spring, will mark the seventh season ABC has aired Idol with the judging panel of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
And, of course, Ryan Seacrest will be back as host.
Idol is riding high after a Season 21 in which Iam Tongi developed a huge following en route to victory.Videos of Iam’s performances have been viewed more than 60 million times on YouTube, including an amazing 21 million views of his Idol audition.
He performed James Blunt’s “Monsters” in a tribute to his late father, the person who encouraged him to pursue music.
Iam then delivered a heartfelt rendition of the song alongside Blunt on the Season 21 finale.
Idol’s obviously hoping to find the next Iam in the virtual auditions which begin next week.
To sign up and review eligibility requirements for Season 22, visit Idol’s website.
For the first time, singers will be able to register for auditions based on where they live or their genre.
The list of audition dates follows:
Aug. 2: First 700 VIP Event
Aug. 4: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Aug. 7: Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia
Aug. 9: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas
Aug. 11: Open Call: Singer-Songwriters
Aug. 14: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington
Aug. 16: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
Aug. 18: Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire
Aug. 21: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
Aug. 23: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Aug. 25: Open Call: Country & Rock
Aug. 28: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
Aug. 30: The South: Open Call Pt. 1
Sept. 6: Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Washington D.C. , Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts
Sept. 8: Open Call: Pop, R&B & Soul
Additional dates will be announced in the fall.