American Idol is officially returning for a third season on ABC, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all confirmed to reprise their roles for another season of attempting to find America’s next star.
Variety reports that ABC announced the news on Monday and added that Bobby Bones will return as the show’s in-house mentor.
Perry, Bryan and Richie previously told PEOPLE that they were all for returning to the competition show. Variety reported that ABC wants to make Idol a “long-term network franchise,” but only if costs can come down. The reductions will reportedly happen across the board, including for key talent, and show host Ryan Seacrest is believed to be under a long-term deal.
“American Idol is the original music competition series,” ABC Entertainment chief Karey Burke said in a statement. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”
American Idol will return in 2020.