Bobby Bones Back on ‘American Idol’

(Image credit: ABC)

Bobby Bones, in-house mentor on American Idol, will return for season four on ABC. The show is back in 2021. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are the judges and Ryan Seacrest the host. 

Bones hosts radio program The Bobby Bones Show and podcast “BobbyCast.” He won season 27 of Dancing with the Stars

“Idol Across America” virtual auditions happen Oct. 20, 23 and 28. 

American Idol ran for 15 seasons on Fox before shifting to ABC in 2017. 

Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also showrunner, Jennifer Mullin and Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman exec producing for 19 Entertainment.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.