LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Could your path to super-stardom start at Disney World? Some sources say, yes.
The connection is already there. The Walt Disney Company owns ABC and American Idol has already been a part of the park. "The American Idol Experience" was a main attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios from 2009 - 2014. The live production featured park guests auditioning for Disney cast members and then performing in front of a live audience. The winner then received a “Dream Ticket” that granted them front-of-the-line privileges at future “American Idol” auditions.
When the show originally aired from 2002 - 2016, the auditions typically took place in different cities around the country. The move to hold them at Disney's parks could be a way for the show to cut costs.
In its hey-day, ratings for American Idol rivaled that of live football games and launched the careers of superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. ABC president Channing Dungey is hoping the show will make even more dreams come true.
"'American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” said Dungey. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”
It is still not known exactly who will host the reboot but you can expect to see American Idol back on your television screens sometime during the 2017-2018 season.
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