‘American Idol’ Moving Its Auditions to Disney World
Changes are coming to the reboot of reality singing competition, American Idol. In addition to changing networks – from Fox to ABC – American Idol will make another big change: the show will no longer travel to different U.S. cities to hold auditions. Instead, the auditions will now be held at Disney World.
According to a report by TMZ on Tuesday, the much beloved American show will be shooting its audition weeks at Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
This decision was made to promote the Disney company brand and for cost-efficiency. It can be recalled that the show was booted from Fox because of money issues. Apparently, American Idol has become too expensive to produce.
It is much more cost-effective to have people who want to audition for the show to head out to Disney world rather than for the judges to travel to various cities in the United States.
A TMZ source also revealed that there are talks of Idol doing an audition at Disneyland on the west coast. Much buzz has been generated after ABC announced the revival of American Idol after the show aired its last season on Fox.
In a statement released this month, Ben Sherwood, the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC, said “Idol is an entertainment icon and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”
Another ABC executive, Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment said that “American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon.” Dungey added that “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”
Clearly, there is no stopping the American Idol reboot in 2018.