Lionel Richie Joins ‘American Idol’
Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan have reportedly signed on as judges for the revival of ABC’s hit competition series, American Idol. They join Katy Perry on the panel, along with Ryan Seacrest as host. The first live auditions are set to begin next week so the urgency to seal the deals had been growing.
Richie’s daughter, Sofia, shared her excitement on social media.
The group will make its first public appearance together on ABC’s GMA on October 4, ABC said.
Country star Bryan had already agreed to join the revival of the series which is returning to TV after the original Fox version aired in April 2016 after 15 years. ABC picked it up for an early 2018 and has said there will “absolutely” be format changes.
American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin executive produce and Megan Wolflick is co-executive producer.