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Luke Bryan And Lionel Richie Have Signed On As Judges For ‘American Idol’ Reboot

Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie 

It’s official! Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will join previously announced judge Katy Perry on the judging panel for the upcoming American Idol reboot, ABC announced on Friday, September 29.

“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” country singer Bryan, 41, said in a press release. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!”

“Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for American Idol on ABC,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”

Returning host Seacrest, 42, took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to celebrate:

In a follow-up tweet, the TV and radio personality — who previously helmed the singing competition’s 15-season run on Fox from 2002 to 2016 — added:



By Nicholas Hautman

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