They join pop star Katy Perry on the ABC reboot

By Oliver Gettell
September 29, 2017 at 03:25 PM EDT
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And just like that, the judges table is full.

ABC’s American Idol reboot has added Lionel Richie and country singer Luke Bryan as its second and third judges, Fox announced Friday. The pair join Katy Perry just as auditions are getting underway.

“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke, and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and won four Grammys, said in a statement. “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!”

“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan, whose last three releases all debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. “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!”

Perry and host Ryan Seacrest shared their excitement on Twitter.

Perry, Richie, and Bryan will make their first appearance as a trio on Good Morning America on Oct. 4.

ABC announced in May that it was reviving the long-running Fox reality series, a little more than a year after the show went off the air. Seacrest will also be returning when the new season debuts next year.

Episode Recaps

American Idol

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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