A new image from American Idol was released on Monday.
In it the show’s stars Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan can be seen hovering around each other as a red beam of light cuts of the Eighties crooner. The photo was released just as the start date for the show was announced.
Fans were left scratching their heads, however, over why the image looked like a Star Wars poster.
Is the Force with them? A new image from American Idol was released on Monday. In it the show’s stars Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan can be seen hovering around each other as a red beam of light cuts of the Eighties crooner
The inspiration? The new image looks a bit like the poster from The Last Jedi
Beam us up: Other fans noted it also looked like the first Star Trek movie poster
One Instagram commenter said: ‘What is this weird Instagram filter photo spread…YAWN.’
Another added, ‘So Star Wars. All they need is Yoda.’
Other fans noted it also looked like the first Star Trek movie poster.
Katy has long blonde hair, which is unusual for the I Kissed A Girl singer as she has had short locks for months.
The ex of Orlando Bloom also has on sci-fi like eye makeup and a dead serious stare.
The last photo: Here the cast is seen in a more casual photo at the judge’s stand
Ryan is the only one smiling as he looks like he just got a touch up in the makeup chair. He has on a blue blazer and looks tanned.
Luke appears angry with hooded eyes and a down-turned mouth.
Lionel has a hand up to his dace and looks straight into the camera.
Also on Monday the debut date of the show was shared. The show will hit the airwaves on Sunday, March 11 at 8 pm EDT. It has landed at its new home on The ABC Television Network.
Seacrest announced the news Monday morning on Live with Kelly And Ryan.
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The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country, according to the ABC press release.
‘Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts,’ it was added.
Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform, it was also noted.
Bryan, Perry and Richie are the judges.
Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series.
American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group.