Looks like American Idol’s departure from FOX will not be a smooth transition. Both NBC and FOX have submitted bids to FremantleMedia which owns Idol for the rights to broadcast the singing competition.
NBC already airs The Voice, and Idol would air in rotation with it. The network doesn’t want The Voice to become saturated with multiple cycles per year, and judge Adam Levine has stated his desire to only work one season per year.
NBC was reportedly interested in bringing Seacrest back as host, as would FOX, who maintain that they never lost interest in the show. Apparently, the panel of judges just became too expensive for the network. Although Seacrest might regain his old position, judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr would not. If FOX does bring back the show, it would be with a whole new panel of judges.
A decision on the bidding war could come as early as this week.