Lionel Richie Is Already Banking On His “American Idol” Catchphrase

October 26, 2017 / Posted by:

Lionel Richie’s skills as an American Idol judge are landing him about $15 million less than Katy Perry, a fucked financial move that still has Suze Orman hooked up to an oxygen tank. But that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his laurels. Lionel has a trademarked phrase, and he’s ready to print and sell it on anything that will sit still long enough!

American Idol is kind of known for its cultural contributions: Paula Abdul’s slurring, Ryan Seacrest’s Sally’s Beauty Supply at-home highlight kit, and Randy Jackson’s “dawg!”, to name a few. Lionel likely felt he should up the ante for the messy reboot with one of his own, so The Blast says he filed to trademark the phrase “HERE COMES DA JUDGE. ” I guess he didn’t want to confuse himself with just some plebe working the bench down at the county courthouse, because he also wants to lock down “HERE COMES DA JUDGE – LIONEL RICHIE.”

Wondering what kind of shit might have “HERE COMES DA JUDGE” on it? All kinds! The filing has a long list of things that Lionel may sell.

  • belt buckles
  • campaign buttons
  • sewing boxes
  • hair ties
  • t-shirts
  • rugby shirts
  • cardigans
  • bandanas
  • shot glasses
  • cork screws
  • scented candles
  • underwear
  • g-strings
  • lunch boxes
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • piggy banks
  • wine goblets
  • tote bags
  • checkbook holders
  • pen and pencil cups
  • face plates for cell phones
  • refrigerator magnets
  • night lights

While I’m sure most of this will find its way down to a Big Lots in due time, some of these items make no sense even at a bargain bin discount. I mean, how the hell is that phrase going to fit on a G-string?! Maybe it will, and then you read it with a “HERE COMES DA JUDGE” monocle? It’s not that I don’t mind some good merchandise, but couldn’t Lionel have used his own songbook to come up with a better phrase? I’d sure as shit buy a bottle of “Easy” poppers and an “Endless Love” wine goblet from his website before one of his judgmental night lights.


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