'American Idol' In-House Mentor Bobby Bones to Return for the New Season on ABC
"American Idol" in-house mentor Bobby Bones returns to the star-making series for its fourth season, joining previously announced judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest on their journey to discover the next singing sensation on ABC. Bones will once again offer his industry expertise, helping hopefuls tap into their artistry and take their performances to the next level. "Idol" will return to ABC in 2021, after dominating Sunday nights last season, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 and becoming the No. 1 most social reality series of the 2019-2020 season.
Award-winning radio and TV personality Bobby Bones, who "has carved out a place for himself in nearly every corner of the entertainment world" (American Profile), is host of the nationally syndicated radio show "The Bobby Bones Show," which broadcasts to over 170 stations and is the No. 1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners. The show recently garnered its second Country Music Association Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and fourth ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, and earned Bones the title of youngest-ever inductee into the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame. The "media multitasker" (Billboard) also launched his own podcast, "BobbyCast," which features candid long-form interviews with top artists and industry figures and has been downloaded nearly 20 million times. Bones is set to star and serve as executive producer in a new travel TV show titled "Breaking Bobby Bones," coming soon to National Geographic. Additionally, Bones won season 27 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and serves as host and executive producer of "Opry," a weekly TV program airing highlights from the Grand Ole Opry stage on Circle Network. Bones' chart-topping musical comedy band, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, recently released a new project, Live in Little Rock. Bones is also a two-time New York Times No. 1 bestselling author, touring stand-up comedian and philanthropist – a true "jack of all trades" (ESPN). Visit bobbybones.iheart.com for more information.
The search for the next singing sensation is currently underway with "Idol Across America" virtual auditions taking place on Oct. 20, 23 and 28. "Idol Across America" will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, face-to-face with an "Idol" producer. Entrants must be 15 or older to be eligible for "American Idol." To sign up for "Idol Across America" and for full eligibility requirements, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions.
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"American Idol" is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle's Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin and Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.
About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including "Grey's Anatomy," the longest-running medical drama in primetime television; riveting dramas "The Good Doctor," "A Million Little Things" and "Station 19"; trailblazing comedy favorites "American Housewife," "black-ish," "The Conners," "The Goldbergs" and "mixed-ish"; the popular "Summer Fun & Games" programming block, including "Celebrity Family Feud," "Holey Moley," "Match Game," "Press Your Luck" and "To Tell the Truth"; star-making sensation "American Idol"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank"; "The Bachelor" franchise; long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos"; "General Hospital," which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; as well as two critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" specials. The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars®," "The CMA Awards" and the "American Music Awards."
ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.
Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. From the Got Talent and Idol franchises to "My Brilliant Friend," "Family Feud," "The Young Pope," "American Gods," "The Price is Right," "Neighbours," "The X Factor" and "Deutschland 83." Fremantle is behind the world's most-loved and most-watched shows.
Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. The Fremantle family includes UFA (Germany), Wildside (Italy), Abot Hameiri (Israel), Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Blue Circle (Netherlands), Original Productions (USA) and Easy Tiger (Australia) to name a few.
Fremantle produces in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, rolls out more than 70 formats and airs 400 programs a year worldwide. Fremantle also distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories.
As a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, Fremantle has more than 370 million subscribers across 1,500 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms – and is the creator of Facebook's most viewed video of all time, "The Sacred Riana."
About Industrial Media
Industrial Media is an independent production group launched with the acquisition of The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) by the reorganized companies of CORE Media Group. Through its work with well-established industry leaders, including ownership interests in Sharp Entertainment, IPC, B17 Entertainment, and 19 Entertainment, the Company creates and produces multi-platform programming of various genres for audiences worldwide. Industrial Media companies currently produces more than 60 series across 35 networks. Key programs include the global hit "American Idol" co-produced by 19 Entertainment for ABC, Sharp Entertainment's "90 Day Fiancé" franchise for TLC, and The Intellectual Property Corporation's Emmy®-winning hit documentary series "Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath" for A&E. Additionally, Industrial Media's 19 Recordings has launched the music careers of platinum artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Lauren Alaina; and more recently, "American Idol" winners Samantha Diaz and Laine Hardy along with prior contestants such as Gabby Barrett, scarypoolparty and Laci Kaye Booth. Industrial Media is backed by the private equity firm Crestview Partners, BlackRock Asset Management, and the United Talent Agency. For more details, visit www.industrial-media.com.