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Meet the new superstar judges on ‘American Idol’

Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry are ready to help America decide.

With over 300,000 audition video posts from American Idol hopefuls, music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie are ready to take on the challenge in helping America pick the next singing sensation.

Grammy- and Emmy-nominated music star Katy Perry is the first judge to sign on this revival. “I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories,” Katy says. Another powerhouse on the panel is Lionel Richie, who is widely known for his hits such as “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” and “We Are the World,” which he wrote with Michael Jackson.

Lionel is the resident voice of reason on the American Idol panel as Katy, seated in between her male co-judges, would often turn to him to deliver the most adult spin on “absolutely no, never” possible. No harm done though as Lionel is truly excited to be 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!” he shares.

Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. On the show, Luke is always engaging in friendly banter with Katy. Sometimes a little too much, so much so that Lionel must ask them to pipe it down just to hear the contestants sing. This can turn into hilarious exchanges between the country singer, a pop star, and a balladeer.

And, of course, host Ryan Seacrest returns to keep the show running. Are you ready to discover the next American Idol? Tune in beginning March 12, Mondays and Tuesdays via satellite at 6 PM and on primetime at 8 PM. Join the conversation at #AIonETC!

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