Lionel Richie Officially Joins ‘American Idol’

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Ohhhhhhh Finaally American Idol is complete! Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Lionel Richie will join Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on the judges panel. It took weeks of negotiations, but American Idol is ready to go—now all we need are the contestants! “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie said in a statement. “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!” Bryan added, “I’m 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!”

“Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for ‘American Idol’ on ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment . “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.”

Katy will reportedly be paid $25 million, Luke will be paid around $13 million and Lionel getting around $10 million.

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