Since American Idol's season finale marked the end of season 4 fans have been feeling a bit blue. American Idol has been officially renewed for another season. The singing competition announced that the search for the next big superstar will continue in 2022.

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This year's season finale resulted in Chayce Beckham being crowned the champion. Trish Kinane is stepping down from her position and executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick will take her place, according to reports.

So, what does this mean for the show? It's unclear right now. It is often observed that when showrunners are switched and/or replaced, the show will look a bit different when it returns. Right now, it's too early to declare when American Idol season 5 will premiere on ABC. 

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Based on the premiere dates of the last two seasons, there's a good chance that the singing competition show will come out sometime in mid-February of 2022.

More than likely, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie will return for another season. Although there hasn’t been any official news about them signing contracts for the next season, fans need not worry just yet.

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Likewise, Ryan Seacrest as well as mentor Bobby Bones are probably also going to return to the ABC competition show for the 2022 season. Producers have already started looking for the next American Idol. 

On the American Idol audition website, Idol hopefuls are being asked to sign up for in-person virtual "Idol Across America" audition updates or to submit their online video auditions for the upcoming season. 

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Those who prefer to audition virtually will receive more information regarding it in the upcoming weeks about dates and other important information. An important thing to remember before signing up is to be eligible for American Idol, you "must be born on or between June 2, 1992, and September 15, 2006."

Those who prefer to watch American Idol on the go can download the ABC app on select iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, apart from that it is also available for Hulu, fuboTV, or Youtube TV subscribers.

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