American Idol 2022 LIVE – Former winner Jordin Sparks returns to show as Hollywood Week gets underway tonight

AMERICAN Idol is back again tonight, and so is one of its former winners.

Monday's episode of American Idol will include former winner Jordin Sparks, who triumphed in Season 8 of the show.

Sparks is seen in a preview clip for Idol's "Hollywood Week" episode talking to Sir Blayke, a contestant on this season of the show.

It comes after last week's episode wrapped up the auditions for 2022.

Read our American Idol live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    Audition rules, continued

    Contestants under the age of 18 have to bring a parent or legal guardian with them to the audition as they may need to sign legal forms.

    Those who want to get on the show must go through multiple rounds of auditions via producers before they get the chance to meet the judges and acquire a golden ticket.

  • Jennifer Korn

    How much does it cost to audition?

    It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show's eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.

    You must be between 15 and 28 years old at your audition time and you must also be a legal US resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who won American Idol 2021? 

    The winner of American Idol 2021 was Chayce Beckham, 26, a singer-songwriter from Apple Valley, California.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who won American Idol 2020? 

    The winner of American Idol 2020 was Just Sam, née Samantha Diaz, who is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Harlem, New York.

    “Literally, I could have walked away with nothing and been OK, but I walked away with everything,” Just Sam told Parade after her win.

    “Wow! This is more than a dream come true. I am so grateful to have given this gift to my grandmother.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Does every audition air on TV?

    Not every audition will make it on television.

    This is because there is not enough TV time to allow for all of the contestants to be featured on the show.

    Those who make it through to the next round without appearing on television do face the disadvantage of lacking the exposure needed to help build up a fan base for votes later in the season.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who are the judges? 

    Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan have returned as American Idol judges this season, and executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said they are thrilled to welcome them back.

    “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    When did American Idol begin?

    Created by Simon Fuller, the reality competition series American Idol first premiered on Fox back on June 11, 2002.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Are the auditions scripted?

    Over the years, people have shared their experiences auditioning for the American Idol judges, who currently include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

    Even past judges have said parts of the show aren’t “real.”

    Former judge Mariah Carey once told Australia’s Kyle and Jackie O radio show that her “non-existent feud” with fellow judge Nicki Minaj was manipulated for ratings.

    She went as far as calling the show “so boring and so fake.”

    “You have to make up things to say about people,” she said. “Half the time the performances are good.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is the most famous winner?

    With numerous talented winners from American Idol, the two most successful are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

    Underwood won season 4, and Clarkson won the first season, making the two today’s most iconic American Idol musicians.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Celebrating 20 years

    The famed singing competition returned for its 20th season this year, with a few changes.

    American Idol first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest was celebrated during this season's premiere for being involved with the show for its 20 years.

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