Season 16 of American Idol premiered on ABC on Sunday, March 11, 2018 and ended on May 21, 2018. The announcement of the show returning was announced on Good Morning America on May 9, 2017. Ryan Seacrest returned as the host. Singer-songwriter Katy Perry, country music superstar Luke Bryan, and Grammy Award-winning musician Lionel Richie joined the show as judges. iHeartRadio radio personality Bobby Bones was a mentor to the top 24 this season.
This season was won by 20-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter Maddie Poppe.
Auditions took place in Los Angeles, Nashville, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, New Orleans, and Savannah, Georgia.
|Adam Sanders (as Ada Vox)||Brandon Diaz||Cade Foehner||Caleb Hutchinson||Dennis Lorenzo||Dominique Posey|
|Garrett Jacobs||Jonny Brenns||Marcio Donaldson||Michael Woodward||Ron Bultongez||Trevor McBane|
|Alyssa Raghu||Amelia Harris||Catie Turner||Effie Passero||Gabby Barrett||Jurnee Siani|
|Kay Kay||Layla Spring||Maddie Poppe||Mara Justine||Michelle Sussett||Shannon O'Hara|