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‘American Idol’ top 20 will perform and compete from home in new live episodes

Starting April 26, the singing competition will be airing live episodes that have been filmed remotely.

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC’s “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
ABC’s “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. “American Idol” will be returning with live episodes filmed remotely from the homes of contestants and judges starting April 26.
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“American Idol” is coming back with live episodes — but the show is going to look a little different, according to Variety.

The long-running singing competition is making some big changes in order to comply with stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles, where the show’s live performances are filmed, Variety reported on Tuesday.

Starting April 26, the top 20 finalists will be performing and competing from their homes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, will be participating remotely as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Viewers will vote for their favorite contestants when the first remotely-filmed live episode airs on April 26, according to USA Today.

Production for “American Idol” was suspended and all of the contestants were sent home in March. The show has been buying time with pre-taped special episodes using footage from rehearsals called “American Idol: This is Me” on April 12 and 19, according to the Deseret News.

“I think we’re all gonna have to be really creative,” Perry said last week, according to Fox News. “You’ll just have to be tuning into that creativity that we are probably going to create from our individual homes. … We’ll see how this goes.”