PREMIERES SUNDAY MARCH 11 8|7c

When Does American Idol Start? 2018 Premiere Date Announced!

Nov 6th, 2017

American Idol, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music-competition genre, will return to airwaves on SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), at its new home on the ABC Television Network. Ryan Seacrest announced the news today on Live with Kelly & Ryan.

The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.

Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke BryanKaty Perry and Lionel Richie. Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series.

Watch now: The superstar judges joke about the first time they met!

Watch now: The judges talk "amazing" talent in New Orleans 

Watch now: The judges share what Nashville means to them

When does American Idol start? Tune in SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT) when American Idol 2018 premieres on ABC!

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