The judging panel for ABC’s reboot of American Idol is finally complete with the signing of Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
Early on, producers signed Katy Perry to a $25 million contract, so rounding out the judging panel while staying under budget has been a struggle.
Country star Bryan says that he’s “excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams. 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!”
1970s and 80s pop sensation Richie echos Bryan’s sentiment, adding “It’s going to be so much fun!”
Richie also feels that, “as singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table.”
The panel, along with returning host Ryan Seacrest will appear for the first time together on Good Morning America on October 4th.