After the announcement that Luke Bryan is going to be the second judge at the American Idol, now they have announced that the country star will be joined by the great Lionel Richie. Today both are officially joining Katy Perry at the American Idol judges’ table.
The open auditions for the American Idol re-vamp on ABC are set to start any day now. The time winding down to fill the highly coveted judges’ seats. Katy Perry officially joined as the first judge for the show last May.
As for Bryan’s credentials, he has released five albums since 2007. The country crooner’s last album debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album Charts. On October 18, the country star will be honored on CMT’s “Artist of the Year” special, along with Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Urban.
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan in a statement released by ABC. “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,” Richie added. “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!”
“Luke and Lionel are the perfect addition to round out our panel of judges for ‘American Idol’ on ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president of 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.”
The network announced in May that they would be bringing back the American Idol, which went off the air after 15 seasons in 2016. Soon after, news hit that Katy Perry had signed on to be the first judge on the wildly popular competition show.
“I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories,” Perry said in a statement at the time.
“I’m always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough—from mentoring young artists on my label or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.”
In addition, Ryan Seacrest is returning to the show to host once again. In July, the live Kelly and Ryan co-host announced he would be returning
“Very exciting,” Seacrest said on the show. “First of all, I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a 15-year relationship and for a reason, you really don’t know you break up…I thought, ‘Gosh, it’d be great to get back together at some point…”
“You make that show, you are the heart and soul,” Ripa said.
Over the weekend, the Idol host said at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that fans should expect an announcement about the two remaining judges’ spots in the very near future.