“American Idol is going to be HISTORIC on so many levels. We’re broadcasting from 25 different locations.” — Ryan Seacrest, Host
California to Florida… Vancouver Island to Staten Island… American Idol made television history Sunday night… remotely airing live from 25 sites across the nation. This radical change from their traditional format is a result of the current quarantine. Season 18‘s previous two episodes were filmed in January at the Aulani Resort in Oahu where the Top 20 finalists were revealed.
The three Idol judges were each airing live from their homes… Katy Perry and Lionel Richie from Beverly Hills… and Luke Bryan from Nashville. Katy appeared as a life-sized bottle of hand sanitizer… a sign of the times. Host Ryan Seacrest was set up in his home in Beverly Hills on the original American Idol desk used by the show’s first judges… Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
The Top 20 American Idol contestants performed remotely from their homes across the country. Each were sent packets that included 3 iPhones for multiple filming angles, plus professional microphone and lighting kits. All finalists set up their own unique performing venues in their living rooms, garages, patios and backyards.
What amazing performances came out of this new format! Idol fans caught a glimpse into the heart and soul of each performer as they sang to just the camera… without the usual excitement and energy of a live audience. Audiences voted for their favorites… and the Top 10 finalists will be revealed Sunday evening on ABC. Next day streaming will be available on HULU. The show will feature new performances from each finalist. A must-see event!