Meanwhile, Robert Mills, ABC Reality Chief, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter
about how the network, who's under the Disney umbrella, came to a deal with FremantleMedia to bring Idol
back to TV. "Our idea for Fremantle was to put Idol on in the spring, use the Oscars as a platform and launch it as this big return, around the same time it used to air," he explained. "It was about showing them all of our platforms: We can have auditions in the [Disney] parks; we can amplify, not just at ABC, but with Disney Channel and Freeform. There's a couple of different scenarios about the nights it will air -- and, of course, there's the Ryan Seacrest of it all."
Seacrest, the former host of Idol
, recently signed on as Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host on ABC's Live
, and seems open to returning to the singing show
. "I don't know, we're still talking about it. I read the GRAMMYs we're coming to New York," he told ET last week
. "I was like, 'Gosh, this would be an easier conversation if Idol was in New York
,' but it's not my decision."