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Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie Officially Join Katy Perry As “American Idol” Judges

ABC has confirmed its “American Idol” judging panel.

Luke Bryan via UMG Nashville

After months of rumor and speculation, ABC has finally confirmed the judging panel for its iteration of “American Idol.”

According to an ABC announcement, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will join the previously confirmed Katy Perry on the panel.

Ryan Seacrest will return as host.

“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan. “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,’” added 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!”

According to ABC, the new panel will appear together on the October 4 “Good Morning America.” It is unclear if this news affects Luke Bryan’s previously announced October 6 “GMA” visit.

Written by Charles Suchs

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Charles Suchs is a news reporter and chart analyst for Headline Planet.

While he contributes to all sections of the publication, he devotes specific attention to tracking radio charts and promotional strategies.

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