The American Idol reboot was at risk of getting delayed due to the network’s inability to lock down judges. Crisis averted. ABC officially announced Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be joining Katy Perry on the judging panel. Both Lionel and Luke’s names were in the mix for some time now. Guess all parties were finally able to negotiate a deal. The panel will make their debut appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, October 4.
“Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for American Idol on ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “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.”
Here’s what both Bryan and Richie had to say about their new gigs.
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan. “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!”
“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” said Richie. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”
Both Perry and Ryan Seacrest took to Twitter to express their excitement about their new co-workers.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 29, 2017
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 29, 2017
What do you think of the new panel? I’m not mad at it myself. If they can find the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, this American Idol reboot might not be a horrible idea after all. Weigh in below.