Simon Cowell shuts down ‘American Idol’ return rumours: ‘The answer is no’

After months of speculation, earlier this week it was confirmed that American Idol will be returning in the 2017/18 season, but it won’t be returning to FOX. In quite a large twist to proceedings, ABC has picked up the rights to the format.

It’s sad to say that American Idol was originally cancelled because not many people actually cared anymore, and the ratings had taken a complete nosedive with more or less every season down on the last towards the latter few years of the show. However, just over one year after Idol went off the air for good, ABC has stepped in and picked the show up. We’re not sure why bosses at ABC think that people will be suddenly interested in the show again just a year after it went off the air, but we’ll see what the network does with it.

One thing that we do know is that Simon Cowell has snubbed the reboot stating that he will not be returning as he has no interest in doing so. It turns out that ABC has actually looked down that route as Cowell claims that he’s been asked to return to the panel, but the simple answer is no.

Speaking to Extra, Cowell was quite blunt with his response stating: “I was asked to do it, and the answer is no”.

He’s not the only original American Idol star to turn their back on the show either as The Voice has played a really good game in securing Kelly Clarkson as a coach on the show. Rumours suggested that bosses were going to try to secure Kelly Clarkson as a judge on the American Idol reboot, but it seems The Voice executives got there first. Execs at NBC managed to jump in and steal Clarkson before ABC got the chance, and Bravo to them for it.

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Ryan Seacrest is rumoured to be returning as the host of the series, but we know he’s recently relocated to New York City to focus on his new role on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’.

We’ll no doubt hear some more about American Idol at the Upfronts Presentations next week.

Nick Barnes

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