American Idol fans everywhere were excited, earlier this year, to hear that the show was returning to television on ABC with Ryan Seacrest as host. Katy Perry was the first star to be confirmed as a judge on the show’s first season and now its official, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be joining Perry to complete the judges panel. The two stars took to social media this week to share the announcement, and their excitement, with fans.
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) September 30, 2017
“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!”
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) September 29, 2017
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams.” says Bryan.
ABC Entertainment president Channening Dungey said ” 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 the will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”
With such a knowledgeable and talented panel of judges, ABC’s American Idol is shaping up for a promising first season. The Idol Bus Tour hit the road in August, in search of the next American Idol, with auditions wrapping up last month. No official premiere date has been announced for the show’s first season, but all three judges will appear together live on Good Morning America this Wednesday, October 4th.
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