Report: New 'American Idol' Competitor in the Works at Fox
The new series from Israeli producer and distributor Armoza Formats will stray from the standard format of reality, singing competition shows by dispensing of stage auditions. Instead, four finalists will be selected to compete in the first episode, then each week new competitors will try to steal one of the four slots. The winner will be announced in the season finale.
New judge Katy Perry announced that the hit singing competition is looking for contestants for its upcoming 16th season.
The show remains untitled for now, but has been pitched as The Final Four internationally. The show could be the first to develop under new alternative programming chief Rob Wade, who joined Fox in February.
American Idol went off the air in 2016 after fifteen seasons. When Fox cancelled the show due to low ratings and high production costs, ABC picked it up. Idol is set to return in spring 2018 with Katy Perry slated as one of the judges.