'American Idol' films at Lakeway Resort and Spa

Lionel Ritchie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest stand with an "American Idol" banner. (Courtesy ABC-Eric McCandless/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lionel Ritchie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest filmed audition sequences for "American Idol" at Lakeway Resort in Lakeway. (Courtesy ABC/Eric McCandless)

Lionel Ritchie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest filmed audition sequences for "American Idol" at Lakeway Resort in Lakeway. (Courtesy ABC/Eric McCandless)

If you watched the season opener of "American Idol" on Feb. 27, you might have noticed the backdrop.

"American Idol" filmed part of its 20th season's auditions at the Lakeway Resort's Vista Ballroom. Hosts Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Ritchie can be seen with views of Lake Travis behind them during the show, which filmed in the Austin area in October.


If you missed the episode, upcoming episodes also feature scenes from the resort. "American Idol" airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on ABC.
By Jennifer Schaefer

Editor, Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin

Jennifer joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2022. She spent the past 16 years working in newspapers as a reporter, copy editor and page designer. She is from Florida but has spent the past six years in the Austin area. She lives in Northwest Austin with her family and two dachshunds.