Familiar Face Officially Returns to American Idol
Ryan Seacrest will again serve as host
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2017 11:10 AM CDT
Host Ryan Seacrest speaks at an 'American Idol' finale at the Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – A familiar face is officially returning to American Idol when it re-launches on ABC. The network has confirmed Ryan Seacrest will be back to host the reality competition, USA Today reports. Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from its launch in 2002 to its retirement in 2016, Deadline reports, calling him "perhaps the person most closely associated" with the show. The only other confirmed member of the ABC Idol team so far is Katy Perry, who will be a judge. "To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal," Seacrest said in a statement. "I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I've every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it."

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