ABC is starting "American Idol" voting during Sunday's American Music Awards. The network announced via press release on Monday that it will use its broadcast of the American Music Awards to have TV viewers vote for one "American Idol" contestant who will get a second chance in the upcoming season.
Per the press release, an unspecified number of hopefuls who didn't make it past judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will have their auditions played during the American Music Awards broadcast from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 19. AMA viewers can then go to the "American Idol" voting page and vote for their favorite. The person with the most votes will receive a pass into the Hollywood Round when "Idol" begins in March.
It's a canny bit of cross-promotion between music shows for ABC, which is also cross-promoting "Idol" on "Dancing with the Stars" the following night. The network's press release says Richie will appear on "DWTS" to announce the winner on Monday, Nov. 20.
The new season of "American Idol" starts on Sunday, Mar. 11 but the network is getting a five-month head start on promoting through the American Music Awards. Music fans will meet some of the contestants and get to feel like part of the show well in advance, after ABC already featured the judges on "Good Morning America" (in a segment you can watch by playing the video above) and devoted an hour-long special to Bryan as part of its CMA Awards coverage. By the time "American Idol" season 16 starts, TV audiences will already know a lot about it - and know that they helped give one lucky artist a second chance.
The 2017 American Music Awards air Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Music fans can also get seats to see Katy Perry live through AXS; below are her upcoming tour dates, with tickets on sale now:
Nov. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 26 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 28 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 1 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 2 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 4 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 6 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 9 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 17 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 20 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena (Click here for tickets)
For more on any of the "American Idol" judges, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.