I can’t believe it. The day I (and let’s face it, American Idol producers too, probably) thought wasn’t going to happen has happened. American Idol has found a second judge. Sure, they’re literally one week away from judging begins and they still don’t have a third, but let’s not get bogged down by inconvenient technicalities.
Sources have confirmed to Variety that Luke Bryan will be joining Katy Perry at the judges’ table for ABC’s upcoming American Idol reboot. Luke was reportedly in the running with fellow country star and previous Idol judge Keith Urban, but sources say it’s unlikely Keith will be added to the judging panel. Same with Charlie Puth, who was also reportedly being wooed by Idol. And Lionel Richie, who was at one time in homestretch talks to judge the show, is also rumored to now be out of the running.
Variety adds that Idol is going with three judges instead of four, a decision I’m sure has nothing to do with the fact that this production is turning into the TV equivalent of a 14-year-old starting a book report on FDR the night before it’s due.
According to TMZ, the third judge choice won’t be easy. Fremantle media reportedly still really wants Charlie Puth, but sources say ABC wants diversity on the panel and are still trying to land Lionel. Another option is music manager Troy Carter. TMZ says he’s a possibility, since he wouldn’t be nearly as expensive as a star.
Neither ABC nor Luke Bryan’s rep would comment on his alleged new job. That could be because they’re still working out the details of his contract (he reportedly wants $6 million). Or maybe they’re figuring out a way to casually play down the fact that Luke most likely got paid in Katy Perry’s paycheck scraps and a box of Witness CDs. This isn’t Luke’s first time on a singing contest show’ earlier this year, Luke joined Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice as an advisor. Still, let’s just hope that nobody auditioning gives Luke any sass-back. Instead of a ticket to Los Angeles, they might get a refreshing glass of Coca-Cola thrown at their smart mouth.