AMERICAN IDOL - ABC is bringing back the trailblazing music competition series, “American Idol.” One of television’s most successful and recognized music competition series, “Idol” searches every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. “American Idol”’s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. At its new home on ABC, "American Idol’s" star-studded panel of judges, along with viewers at home, will have the chance to help select America’s next great singing sensation. (Walt Disney World/David Roark)

AMERICAN IDOL – MICKEY MOUSE, RUBEN STUDDARD, JORDIN SPARKS, KRIS ALLEN, MINNIE MOUSE

*”American Idol” winners Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen were in Orlando on Thursday (Aug 17) kicking off auditions for ABC’s first season of “American Idol.”

The trio joined Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

As previously reported, ABC is bringing back the former Fox series, which launched the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others.

Auditions for the upcoming season also began today in Portland, Oregon. Episodes will begin airing later this year.

View more pics from the Orlando kickoff event below:

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC is bringing back the trailblazing music competition series, “American Idol.” One of television’s most successful and recognized music competition series, “Idol” searches every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. “American Idol”’s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. At its new home on ABC, "American Idol’s" star-studded panel of judges, along with viewers at home, will have the chance to help select America’s next great singing sensation. (Walt Disney World/David Roark)<br />

JORDIN SPARKS, RUBEN STUDDARD, KRIS ALLEN

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC is bringing back the trailblazing music competition series, “American Idol.” One of television’s most successful and recognized music competition series, “Idol” searches every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. “American Idol”’s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. At its new home on ABC, "American Idol’s" star-studded panel of judges, along with viewers at home, will have the chance to help select America’s next great singing sensation. (Walt Disney World/David Roark)

RUBEN STUDDARD

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC is bringing back the trailblazing music competition series, “American Idol.” One of television’s most successful and recognized music competition series, “Idol” searches every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. “American Idol”’s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. At its new home on ABC, "American Idol’s" star-studded panel of judges, along with viewers at home, will have the chance to help select America’s next great singing sensation. (Walt Disney World/David Roark)

JORDIN SPARKS

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC is bringing back the trailblazing music competition series, “American Idol.” One of television’s most successful and recognized music competition series, “Idol” searches every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. “American Idol”’s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. At its new home on ABC, "American Idol’s" star-studded panel of judges, along with viewers at home, will have the chance to help select America’s next great singing sensation. (Walt Disney World/David Roark)

Orlando auditions for American Idol (Aug 17, 2017)