‘American Idol’ Could Be Facing A Judge Shake-Up, ABC Responds

“American Idol” is coming back for their third season since joining ABC, 18th in total, but some cost-cutting measures are being put in place.

Ratings were down this past season so ABC is looking at saving some money, which reportedly has a lot to do with cutting the judge’s salaries down.

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TVLine reports that Katy Perry alone makes $20 million per season, and while the network has put offers on the table to Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, no one has accepted.

Host Ryan Seacrest is also reportedly in the middle of a long-term deal with ABC.

Season three or 18, depending on how you look at it, does not have a confirmed premiere date but an early 2020 date is likely.

According to Deadline, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke suggested she was “hopeful” that the trio would all say “yes” to starring in the next season.

She said at Disney’s press upfronts event, “Everyone is focused right now on the finale next week, which we’re excited about. We are in those conversations but right now, from our side and the judges, we’re just focused on getting through Sunday and having a great night and we’ll be back in the conversation. I’m very hopeful.”

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On Sunday night, the show’s top three were revealed. Alejandro Aranda, Madison VanDenburg and Laine Hardy made it to the finale. The winner will be announced during the live show on May 19.

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