The team behind the talent competition series, which sees Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan in the judging panel, has initially been hoping to press on with filming despite the pandemic.

Mar 31, 2020 15:00

Production on TV singing contest "American Idol" has been shut down due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The team behind the 18th season of the talent series was hoping to press on with filming, despite the pandemic, which has shut down film and TV productions across the world, but they have decided the show cannot go on.

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"As we continue to monitor advice from federal and local agencies, it seems unlikely we are going to be able to make it back into the studio for this season of American Idol," an email to those working on the show reads, according to TMZ. "We will continue to monitor and provide updates should any changes occur."

The series features judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

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