Shown l-r: American Idol Judge Lionel Richie, Host Ryan Seacrest, Judge Katy Perry, and Judge Luke Bryan

NASHVILLE, TN — There’s not much positive news happening at the moment regarding any television or film production, but there are a few things occurring that don’t fall within the purview of the SAG/AFTRA and writers’ strikes. One of them involves auditions for one of the nation’s longtime musical competition shows “American Idol,” Auditions began this past Wednesday for the 22nd season of the program, even though it won’t make its formal appearance on ABC until the spring of 2024.

But the network also announced that there would not be any changes in either the judging panel or  host. The season 22 judges will once again be Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, with the show’s veteran host, Ryan Seacrest also returning. The auditions, billed as “Idol Across America” are held in various locations nationwide to determine who will appear on the program. They are live virtual auditions which give singers and musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents face to face with an “American Idol” producer from anywhere in the country. Each judge suggests songs for the contestants to make their choices/

Iam Tongi, last season’s champ, got his start as an “Idol Across America” hopeful.

The auditions began with the First 700 event, in which potential contestants signed up to grab a VIP spot before anyone else. For the first time in “Idol Across America” history, contenders are being given the opportunity to audition under their genre. Season 22 is the seventh on ABC. It was previously a staple on Fox with a different judging panel. 

For more info on how to sign up for “Idol Across America” auditions, visit