American Idol Eyes Luke Bryan as Second Judge on ABC Reboot

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2017

The judging panel for ABC's newly rebooted version of American Idol is finally coming together. He joins anchor judge Katy Perry, whose deal for the ABC revival was confirmed in May.

There have been names thrown about for the third judge including Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and former judge Keith Urban, but no official announcement has been made as yet.

Bryan and the remaining vacancy on the judges panel aren't expected to have almost the star wattage of Perry, who took a significant chunk of the budget with her reported $25 million contract. ABC, Fremantle and Core Media are said to have talked about ways to prevent the show from suffering the cost problem it had toward the end of its original Fox run, when skyrocketing talent salaries caused the show to lose money. Idol premieres shortly after the Oscars' March 4th date, though a specific date or timeslot have yet to be revealed. It is unclear where the show will sit on ABC's primetime schedule, though it is believed to be airing on Sunday and Monday nights.

The country star has released five albums in the past ten years with the last three all debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Album chart. He is set to be honored on CMT's "Artists of the Year" special on October 18, joining Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Sam Hunt on the broadcast.

Variety has reached out to Bryan's rep and to ABC for comment.

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