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American Idol future confirmed following controversy

·2-min read
Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

American Idol will return for its 20th season, it's been confirmed.

This renewal was first reported by TVLine, while the next season will be US network ABC's fifth time handling the reality TV title.

Season 19's winner is now less than two weeks away from being crowned – who deserves it most out of Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler, Willie Spence and Casey Bishop?

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC


Related: American Idol contestant collapses on stage after auditioning in front of judges

American Idol experienced some controversy recently, when contestant Caleb Kennedy appeared in a resurfaced video featuring someone with what looked like a Ku Klux Klan hood on.

Announcing his exit from the music competition as a result – he made it into the Top 5 – the 16-year-old shared in a statement: "Hey y'all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.

"I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that's not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down."

Photo credit: Christopher Willard - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Willard - Getty Images


Related: Katy Perry returns to American Idol judging panel six weeks after giving birth to daughter Daisy

"I'll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me," continued Caleb.

"I'm so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me."

American Idol airs on ABC.

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