‘American Idol’ Suspends Production Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

The coronavirus pandemic is not only affecting tours and festivals, it’s also forcing shows like American Idol to suspend production.

According to reports, production of Idol has completely stopped and contestants have been sent home. The move comes just two weeks before the show’s live shows were set to begin.

Previously taped episodes will continue to air on ABC, however, the fate of the current season remains unknown at this point.

The Bachelorette, The Kelly Clarkson Show and Stranger Things are just a few of the ever-growing list of shows that have suspended production in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

American Idol producers will reportedly “examine things on a week to week basis” moving forward.

Until then, fans can tune in to American Idol Sunday and Monday on ABC at 8/7c.

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