Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie Confirmed as 'American Idol' Judges

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Singer-songwriter Luke Bryan attends the 2017 CMT Music awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has announced Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will join Katy Perry at the judges' table this season.

"So who wants to start the @americanidol group chat? @katyperry @lukebryanonline @lionelrichie #TheNextIdol," Seacrest tweeted Friday.

"SO excited, I feel like DANCING ON THE CEILING. Time to KICK THE DUST [email protected] @lionelrichie let's do this @AmericanIdol thing," Perry posted.


"Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for American Idol on ABC," Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. "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 they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage."

The singing competition series ran on Fox 15 seasons 2002-16. It will begin airing in its new home at ABC early next year.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.