Lionel Richie To Be One Of Three Judges On Re-Booted ‘American Idol’

Five time Grammy winner Lionel Richie will be joining Katy Perry and Luke Bryant on a new version of ‘American Idol’ on ABC. The show will start shooting on October 3d, and is set to premier sometime in 2018. Richie had some stiff competition for the judge job, Keith Urban and Charlie Puth, and Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun were all being considered for the job. Perry will be making 25 million for her judging duties, and Richie and Bryant will make between 10 to 13 million.

The former host of the show, Ryan Seacrest will also be returning as the host of the new show. Richie is no stranger to ‘American Idol’, he sang on the show in 2009 and 2011, this is his first time appearing on the show as a judge. Seacrest is the only cast member who was on the original show that will return for the reboot. Richie has had a stellar career spanning six decades. For fourteen years he was the lead singer of the funk and soul group ‘The Commondores’. He launched a very successful solo career in 1982 which resulted in dozens of gold records and five Grammys.

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According to ABC the new ‘American Idol’ does not have an exact premier date yet, but will be on the air in 2018, and likely air on Sundays. Kelly Clarkson the first ‘American Idol’ winner has signed on to ‘American Idol’s’ competition ‘The Voice’ for season 14. One of the original ‘American Idol’ judges Simon Cowell is now a judge on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’. Richie happily took to Twitter on Friday to announce his new job. He said” Hello, Excited to announce that I will be on the judges panel with Katy Perry and Luke Bryant and host Ryan Seacrest on the Next American Idol.”

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