It’s official! Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be joining pop princess Katy Perry for the reboot of American Idol.
ABC made the announcement on Friday afternoon, that the two singers will complete the judges panel, making their debut appearance on ABC’s good morning America on Wednesday, October 4. President of ABC entertainment, Channing Dungey elaborated on why the network think that Luke and Lionel will be the “perfect additions” to the panel of judges for American Idol:
“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.”
Both Richie and Bryan are reportedly thrilled to be joining the show. Richie spoke of how excited he is to be working with Katy, Luke and Ryan on the show, “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!”
Network chiefs were more then delighted to get Ryan back on board as host as they attribute so much of the show’s “overwhelming success” to the host. Dungey added that Ryan’s talent is “limitless,” and that he “can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”
Season sixteen of American Idol debuts March 2018 on ABC.