American Idol

American Idol announces cast, auditions for Season 22

The American Idol cast will return intact for Season 22 next spring. (ABC Photo)

The American Idol cast will return intact for Season 22 next spring. (ABC Photo)


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.

American Idol enjoyed a highly successful Season 21, largely thanks to champ Iam Tongi. (ABC Photo)

American Idol enjoyed a highly successful Season 21, largely thanks to champ Iam Tongi. (ABC Photo)

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.

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  1. TiredofTripe July 26, 2023 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Unfortunately, some viewers still view “The Voice” and “American Idol” as honest competitions, when both are manipulative and unfair.

    They are both popularity contests.

    Do you still remember that twist in Season 19 that let Arthur Gunn back in the Top 7?

    There will be more twists, gimmicks, and the focuses on the coaches/judges on both shows.

  2. TiredofTripe August 2, 2023 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    “American Idol” may not be rigged, but like many reality shows, producers edit it to sway viewers’ opinions and experiences.

  3. TiredofTripe August 9, 2023 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    To: idol Girl:

    There have been other attempts to show how awful “Idol” is.

    There was “The One” Syesha Mercado was on it pre-“Idol” It was advertised as being superior to American Idol with the twist that contestants “live together in a fully functioning music academy”, with their actions documented similar to the “Big Brother” format.

    The viewers at home only chose who the bottom 3 were; the judges then saved one, and then the remaining contestants got to vote off a contestant between the other two.

    It suffered from low ratings.

    Then there was “The Four: Battle for Stardom.” It featured a post “Voice” Ali Caldwell. The show won Best Talent Show from the National Film & Television Awards. It lasted two seasons.

    The first winner was Evvie McKinney, the sister of the robbed “Idol” Season Five semifinalist Gedeon McKinney. He missed the Top 12 to Kevin Covais, who was there for laughs.

    • Idol Girl August 10, 2023 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

      What I’m saying is that the internet is making TV singing shows less relevant.

      • Idol Girl August 10, 2023 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

        People can now discover up-and-coming artists on outlets such as YouTube, Spotify, etc.

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