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'American Idol' Revival - First Official Photo with Judges & Host!

Here’s your first photo of the stars of the American Idol reboot!

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will be sitting on the judges panel, while Ryan Seacrest will be returning to the revival as the host.

The new series is expected to air on Sunday nights beginning in March. The judges panel was just finalized late last month after Katy was announced as the first judge earlier in the year.

WILL YOU BE WATCHING the reboot of American Idol?? Sound off in the comments!

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Ryan Seacrest Shares First Look at Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan on 'American Idol'!

The American Idol reboot begins now!

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are officially shooting the audition episodes for the 2018 relaunch of Idol starting on Tuesday (October 3) in New York City.

Ryan shared a first peek at the three superstars in judge mode in a photo on his Twitter.

“Giving out golden tickets into the night. P.S. I’m hungry #thenextidol” he wrote.

He also posed with a photo of a purse hanging from his Idol chair.

“@lukebryan, @lionelrichie or @katyperry’s? Any guesses? #thenextidol” he joked.

One night before, Katy performed at Madison Square Garden as part of her Witness Tour.

Check out Ryan‘s behind-the-scenes pic below!

Simon Cowell Weighs In On New 'American Idol' Judges

Simon Cowell is sharing what he thinks of the new American Idol judging panel, which was just revealed today.

The 57-year-old television personality spoke out after it was revealed that Katy Perry would be joined by Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

“I genuinely don’t care. Look, in my time, I will tell you the real story on what really happened there and it is an interesting story,” Simon told Extra.

He added, “You can’t recreate what we had before, you know, it was me and it was Paula and Randy and Ryan and it was an amazing chemistry there. When I hear all this talk about casting judges, I have to be honest with you, I think this is where they have it wrong – it doesn’t matter about the judges, it is about the contestants and that is why everything has gone the wrong way right now. You know when we cast Idol, it was done so quickly but the only thing that mattered was, ‘Do you have the right people to help you find the stars?’”

See all that Simon had to say in the video below…

Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Are Officially Joining Katy Perry as 'American Idol' Judges!

Katy Perry‘s finally got company!

After weeks of rumors swirling around the judging table at American Idol, it’s official: Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are joining Katy as judges for the show’s 2018 reboot. Ryan Seacrest will return to host the series as well.

The new judging panel will make their debut appearance together on Good Morning America on Wednesday (October 4).

“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!” says Luke.

“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol. 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!” says Lionel.

What do you think of the new American Idol judges?

'American Idol' Reboot Reportedly Snags Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie as Judges

  • Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are reportedly set as the second and third judges on American Idol alongside Katy Perry. – TMZ
  • Cody Simpson returns to music with his band, The Tide. – Just Jared Jr
  • Kelly Clarkson remains the best. – Lainey Gossip
  • Lynda Carter wants James Cameron to stop dissing Wonder Woman. – TooFab
  • Taylor Swift has a regret about the “Look What You Made Me Do” video. – MTV
  • This model is proudly embracing her unibrow. – Popsugar

Luke Bryan Confirmed as 'American Idol' Judge (Report)

Luke Bryan is reportedly going to be joining Katy Perry at the American Idol reboot judges table, Variety reports.

Word comes just as auditions are set to begin in the next week. Sources say that the new reboot will feature three judges at the table, so one seat still remains open.

Other potential celebrities that reportedly were in the mix to be a judge for the reboot were Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and Keith Urban.

WHO WOULD YOU like to see as the third judge on American Idol??

'American Idol' Producers May Need to Delay Reboot (Report)

American Idol is potentially hitting a serious production snag.

The long-running singing competition may need to delay taping of its highly anticipated 2018 reboot until producers secure more judges, according to a new report.

That’s a potential problem for the one judge they have secured: Katy Perry.

With just weeks to go until the scheduled auditions with the judges, producers aren’t any closer to finalizing any other judges. If they’re forced to delay production, it would likely interfere with Katy‘s ongoing Witness Tour, which kicks off on September 19 in Montreal, Canada.

Idol producers are reportedly still trying to secure country star Luke Bryan as a second judge, but nothing has been finalized – and there are no known leads for a third judge yet, either.