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May 11

“American Idol” Is Returning To Primetime On ABC And Auditions Will Be Held At Disney World

Just when you thought it was over and gone, ABC has closed a deal with the producers of “American Idol“ to revive the most successful reality vocal competition for the 2017-2018 season. But whether you’re a fan of the iconic reality show returning to prime time or not, you might be excited to learn that it was also announced that auditions for the show will be at Walt Disney World and possibly even the Disneyland Resort. 

“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney|ABC, said of the deal, “American Idol on ABC… that has a nice ring to it. ‘Idol’ is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Bachelor.’ America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever ‘Idol’.”

The iconic reality vocal competition responsible for making dreams come true, ended in 2016 after a 15 season run. Although off the air this year, ‘Idol’ managed to stay strong in the public consciousness. Negotiations went back-and-forth between ABC, NBC, and the show’s previous home, Fox. Content with where the hit ended up, FremantleMedia Group CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “All of the intense speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains.

So why will auditions be held at Disney World, and possibly Disneyland? Well the primary reason……money! Since ABC is owned by Disney it kinda makes sense to hold auditions at Disney Parks because it’s more cost effective than the expense of traveling the show to various cities and it allows them to promote the Disney parks in the process!

“American Idol” has already been a beloved part of the Disney|ABC family, with “The American Idol Experience” that was featured for five years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The live production featured park guests auditioning for Disney cast members and then performing in front of a live audience. The winner then received a “Dream Ticket” that granted them front-of-the-line privileges at future “American Idol” auditions. An impressive five Disney Dream Ticket contestants made it to the Top 24 in one season alone!

To date, “American Idol” has earned 67 Emmy nominations and nine wins, including the prestigious Governors Award in 2016, and its talented discoveries have already won 14 Grammys, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, among numerous other accolades.

No information about a host and judges have been announced so it will be interesting to see who will be part of the new show. Be sure to check back with us in the coming weeks for updates about the Disney auditions for “American Idol.”   

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