ABC is bringing American Idol back early next year!

The long wait is over. It's been eighteen months since American Idol ended a 15 year run on FOX. ABC is bringing the show back in early 2018.

Here's what we know: there's a lot of rumor and speculation. ABC is supposedly trying to keep costs down.

There's a rumor that auditions may be held in Orlando at Disney World. There could be other auditions on the West Coast, at Disneyland.

Simon Cowell will not be back as a judge. Kelly Clarkson will not only NOT be an American Idol judge, she's joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on The Voice as a coach. Could you see Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban coming back as judges?

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ABC may have been hoping that when Ryan Seacrest signed on as Kelly Ripa's Live! co-host, they could throw in American Idol hosting duties, too. The show may be re-located to New York to accommodate Seacrest, but there's still his salary to consider. He was making $15 million a season! ABC may not want him for that much. Although, they may want to promote Idol on Live.

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