It's not curtains for American Idol just yet. The long-running singing competition, which has survived fourteen different judges, two different hosts, and a network swap from Fox to ABC

is returning once again for a sixth season at ABC which will mark its 21st season since it began. All of this comes as the series looks to crown a winner for its current season on May 22.

Of all the renewals ABC has handed out, American Idol may have been the biggest no-brainer for a couple of reasons.

For one, ABC itself referred to the show as its top program of the season. Viewership for the series took a solid jump from last season too,

going up 15% in the crucial 18 to 49 demographic across a 35-day span. What really made it an important decision for network,

however, is the fact that Dancing With the Stars, their other long-running competition, was migrating to Disney+.

Losing American Idol, its other staple talent competition, to the streaming side of things would've been a tough pill to swallow for the network.

Season 5 of American Idol on ABC is coming down to the wire with only five contestants remaining. The next episode airs on May 15 en route to the season finale on May 22.