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Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Returning for 'American Idol' Season 3

American Idol‘s three judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie – will all be returning for the 2020 season of the hit reality show.

“American Idol is the original music competition series,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement. “It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and [in-house mentor] Bobby [Bones] to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”

There were some rumors that perhaps the judges would not return due in part to their large salaries. Find out the eye-popping salary Katy Perry has been making on the show!

It’s unclear at this time if Ryan Seacrest will be back as host. He’s never not hosted a season of American Idol!

Lionel Richie Says Stevie Wonder Pranked Him By Driving A Car

Lionel Richie hit the couch on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night (April 18) and talked about turning 70 with his blessed health.

“My grandmother lived to be 103, on my mother’s side,” the 69-year-old singer explained. “And 98 on my father’s side. So I’m just banking on genes.”

When asked about his big birthday plans, Lionel joked, “I’m going to go find a nice corner of the world, turn the light off and sit quietly.”

Lionel also shared the story of how he was once pranked by none other than Stevie Wonder.

“I go over to his house, and he says, ‘I got a record I want you to hear’,” Lionel recalled. “He pulls a cassette out… and he says, ‘Come go with me in the car.’ He goes to the car, and he goes on the driver’s side.”

“He puts the cassette in, he cranks the car up and then he put it in reverse and starts going down the driveway. I said ‘Stevie!’ he goes ‘I got you,’” Lionel said.

Lionel also talked about meeting Prince Charles, making “We are The World,” his friendship with Prince, and judging on American Idol.


Lionel Richie on Getting Pranked by Stevie Wonder

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Lionel Richie is Honored at Keeping Memory Alive's Power of Love Gala

Lionel Richie hits the purple carpet alongside Shania Twain as they arrive at the 2019 Keeping Memory Alive’s Power of Love Gala on Saturday night (March 16) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Joining the singers at the event included Anthony Anderson and wife Alvina along with Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis, and Dancing with the StarsPeta Murgatroyd.

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During the event Lionel, Shania, Ne-Yo, and Leona hit the stage for performances alongside Snoop Dogg and Miguel.

Lionel was honored at the benefit in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“What you all are doing tonight is helping mankind and actually making a difference in the world,” Lionel said while accepting his honor. “I’m so proud to be here tonight to share this award.”

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the benefit…More Here! »

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'American Idol' 2019 Judges & Host Salaries Revealed - How Much Do Katy Perry & Ryan Seacrest Make?

The brand new season of American Idol airs tonight on ABC and we have some details about the salaries of the three judges and the host of the show, Ryan Seacrest.

If you don’t know, the three returning judges this season are Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, who all participated in last year’s season as well.

The reboot of American Idol debuted on ABC last March. The show previously aired on Fox for 15 seasons before making the move to ABC.

WILL YOU BE WATCHING season 17 of American Idol, debuting tonight?

Click through the slideshow to see the salaries for the American Idol hosts…

Katy Perry Says It's Not Always About The Person That Wins 'American Idol'

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all stopped by Good Morning America this morning (February 27) to dish about the all-new season of American Idol!

The three judges revealed that this year’s pool of talented contestants “really showed up,” noting that the singing competition is “not always about the person who wins.”

“It is called American Idol not American Idols and some of these kids that have made it to the top — they all deserve that spot,” Katy, 34, said. “History says maybe it’s not about the person that wins.”

“I tell people every day you got to be very aware of the fact that No. 1 means you have to be famous now,” Lionel added. “[Being a runner up] means you’ve studied the course and can figure it out and you can go home and have time to work on it.”

Katy, Luke and Lionel then engaged in a friendly competition to see if they can name each other’s songs in guessing game – Watch more after the cut!


Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Dish on new ‘American Idol’

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Sofia Richie Opens Up About Scott Disick Relationship

Sofia Richie looks stunning on the cover of Tatler magazine’s April 2019 issue, available on digital download and on newsstands on February 28!

Here’s what the 20-year-old model had to share with the mag:

On social media and her relationship with Scott Disick: “I think a lot of people think they have to prove their relationships through social media, and I’m just happy being private about my relationship. It’s not like I won’t post pictures about it, but I like having my little private life.”

On not being a party girl: “I’m not a party girl, and I really don’t like the paparazzi.” She added that she prefers hosting couples’ games nights for her friends, including “My friend Tina and her boyfriend, my friend Gigi… No, not that Gigi. No one you would know.” They eat take-out pizza and play Taboo or a game called Spoons. “Clearly we have a lot of time on our hands.”

On her and Scott’s low-key date nights: “Whatever we do, whether it’s going to the cinema or dinner, we’ll always just end up going home and watching a movie after.’

On her father Lionel Richie: “When I say my dad was strict, he came from a Southern family, and he still very much believes in the morals his parents in­stilled in him. I wasn’t one of those privileged, spoiled children. We had our blessings, but I was told if I wanted something, I had to do it for myself. I feel like my parents got training on my first two siblings, so I got the tightened leash.”

For more from Sofia, visit Tatler.com.

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