American Idol judges returning for season 18 despite cost-cutting buzz

American Idol‘s judging panel will look very familiar when the show returns for Season 18.

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all will be back for the competition series’ next cycle, ABC announced Monday. Radio DJ Bobby Bones also will reprise his role as in-house mentor to the contestants.

Though Perry, Bryan and Richie have served as Idol‘s judges since the show was revived on ABC, it was rumored that the Alphabet Net planned to cut costs ahead of the next cycle, largely due to a decline in ratings. Much of the potential belt-tightening was allegedly focused on the judges’ salaries (most notably Perry, who is said to be pocketing $20 million per season), but there’s no word on whether any changes were made.

Conspicuously absent from ABC’s 1,320-word announcement was the name Ryan Seacrest. Though Seacrest is in the middle of a long-term overall deal with ABC, he has not yet been confirmed as the Season 18 emcee. During Season 17, Seacrest took his first-ever Idol sick day, prompting Bones to fill in as host for one of the broadcasts. At the time, 23 percent of TVLine readers said they preferred Bones to Seacrest, while 33 percent said they didn’t notice much of a difference between the two.

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AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN HAMMOND, LOGAN JOHNSON, RAQUEL TRINIDAD, BOBBY BONES
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AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, CYNTHIA ERIVO
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HARPER
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) WADE COTA, RYAN HAMMOND, EVELYN CORMIER
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) DIMITRIUS GRAHAM, LUKAS GRAHAM
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALYSSA RAGHU
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RAQUEL TRINIDAD, LOVELYTHEBAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RAQUEL TRINIDAD
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LOVELYTHEBAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CYNTHIA ERIVO
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LUKAS GRAHAM
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA MICHAELS
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LOGAN JOHNSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEJANDRO ARANDA, BOBBY BONES
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA MICHAELS
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) WALKER BURROUGHS, LAINE HARDY, LACI KAYE BOOTH, EVELYN CORMIER, ALEJANDRO ARANDA, DIMITRIUS GRAHAM, WADE COTA, ASHLEY HESS, ALYSSA RAGHU, UCHE, RILEY THOMPSON, MADISON VANDENBURG, EDDIE ISLAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CYNTHIA ERIVO, RYAN HAMMOND
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American Idol is the original music competition series,” ABC Entertainment chief Karey Burke said in a statement. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”

American Idol will return in 2020.

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