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American Idol's New Judges Explain Why They Are All Nice

Don’t expect any of American Idol‘s three new judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – to be mean to contestants the way Simon Cowell was on the show.

The three entertainers told Variety that none of them would take on the Simon “role.”

“We’re artists, not record company executives or critics,” Luke said. “These 15- and 16 year-olds are still a couple of years away, but you can see their promise, the potential. We’re not there to discourage them. If we word it wrong, they may give up all up.”

“Young kids take things to heart. I can be sarcastic as all get out, and even a little snarky,” Katy added. “Like Simon, I’m also a truth-teller, a straight shooter. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to tell anyone they suck. It’s not about that.”

Pictured inside: Luke, Katy, and Lionel arriving for an American Idol taping on Thursday (November 16) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Luke Bryan & Thomas Rhett Pose with Their Wives at BMI Country Awards

Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett hit the red carpet with their wives while attending the 2017 BMI Country Awards on Tuesday (November 7) in Nashville, Tenn.

The guys were joined at the event by their respective spouses, Caroline Boyer and Lauren Atkins.

Some other country artists in attendance included Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, and Jon Pardi.

A bunch of country artists will be hitting the stage on Wednesday night for the 2017 CMA Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC. Make sure to tune in and check JustJared.com for full coverage.

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'American Idol' Reboot Gets Premiere Date!

The American Idol reboot officially has a premiere date!

Ryan Seacrest, the host of the reboot, announced the news on Live! with Kelly and Ryan this morning. So be sure to mark your calendars – the show will premiere on Sunday, March 11, 2018 on ABC.

Auditions kicked off back in August and 23 cities were visited to try and find the next big talent. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are all sitting on the judges panel for season one.

WILL YOU BE WATCHING the brand new American Idol reboot??

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Luke Bryan Announces 2018 'What Makes You Country' Tour on 'Ellen' - See Dates Here!

Luke Bryan makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing today (October 26), and makes a major announcement!

The 41-year-old singer announced that he’s hitting the road again for his What Makes You Country Tour in support of his upcoming album of the same name, which is due out later this year.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Luke Bryan

Luke‘s tour will kick off on Feb. 16 in Springfield, Mo., at the JQH Arena and run through fall of 2018.

Luke also shares his excitement about NBA’ Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Jimmy Butler starring in the music video for the title track off his album, “What Makes You Country.”


Luke Bryan Announces New Tour!

Click inside to check out Luke Bryan’s first announced dates for his new tour…More Here! »

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Katy Perry Celebrates Birthday Early with an 'American Idol' Puppy Party!

Katy Perry lets out her excitement upon being presented with a puppy themed party to celebrate her upcoming birthday!

The party was thrown during the latest auditions for American Idol on Friday (October 20) in Nashville, Tenn.

Katy was joined by her fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as the show’s host Ryan Seacrest. Her actual birthday is on October 25.

The Nashville auditions happened the day after Katy played the city on her Witness World Tour. “SMASHVILLE aka Nashville u were an INCREDIBLE time tonight! Thanks for teaching me how 2write a real song & sticking by me all these years,” she tweeted.

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Luke Bryan & Jason Aldean Buddy Up Backstage at CMT Artists of the Year Awards 2017!

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean mess around with an award backstage during the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year Awards on Wednesday (October 18) at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Jason was joined by his pregnant wife Brittany – who looked stunning in a emerald dress.

Other stars at the event included Chris Stapleton and wife Morgane and Lionel Richie.

The country music stars were joined at the awards event by performances by Little Big Town, Phillip Phillips, Backstreet Boys, Common, and Andra Day.

15+ pictures inside of the country stars attending the event…More Here! »

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Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, & Luke Bryan Open CMT Artists of the Year Awards 2017 with Message of Unity & Hope (VIDEO)

Some of country music’s biggest stars joined forces tonight for the 2017 CMT Arts of the Year Awards on Wednesday night (October 18) in Nashville, Tenn.

The show started with host Luke Bryan along with Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, and Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard addressing the recent disasters – including the shooting in Las Vegas – and share an empowering message of unity and strength.

“From Las Vegas to Puerto Rico, from Florida and Texas to Charlottesville and California, the entire nation is trying to process these devastating events,” Chris said. “On this night, one that we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit.”

The recent shooting in Vegas occurred during the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier this month during Jason‘s performance.

“We dedicate this night to you and to everyone who’s experienced loss or tragedy in the past few months… we will get through this together,” Jason concluded.

Watch below.

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