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Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Report: American Idol is struggling with Katy Perry’s tardiness and a lack of comedic tension between judges
Perry is “almost always late” to the audition rounds, according to TMZ, which adds that another concern is the lack of comedic tension that helped make the original Idol a hit with banter between Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. “Katy is really fun, Lionel (Richie) has a strong point of view and Luke (Bryan)'s pure country,” says TMZ. “But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Chelsea Handler, Lea Michele and Lionel Richie are among the TV stars affected by the Southern California wildfires
“Just evacuated my house,” Handler tweeted. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times.” American Idol judge Richie had to cancel his Las Vegas show tonight to help his family “evacuate to a safer place.”
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 2:04PM EST
American Idol reboot revealed its first finalist on Dancing With the Stars
Lionel Richie made a special appearance on last night’s show to reveal the first hopeful going to Hollywood. It was the second night in a row that ABC promoted Idol in primetime, after showing auditions on Sunday's American Music Awards.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Catch an NFL-themed glimpse of ABC’s American Idol reboot
ABC's sister network ESPN shared a clip of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones auditioning before Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 9:32AM EST
ABC’s American Idol revival kicks off March 11
Ryan Seacrest announced that the new version of Idol starring Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are reportedly each making $7 million from Idol—compared to Katy Perry’s $25 million
Page Six reports that Perry’s salary has “created huge drama” at ABC, where CEO/President Ben Sherwood personally authorized her "obscene" salary.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 9:47PM EDT
American Idol reboot judges insist they won’t be nasty
“I think I’m going to change the word ‘nasty’ to ‘brutally honest,’” says Lionel Richie.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 9:30AM EDT
ABC’s American Idol reboot unveils its first cast photo
Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan spoke for the first time together on TV this morning on Good Morning America.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 4:13PM EDT
It’s official: Lionel Richie joins American Idol revival as the third judge
Filming on the judges' portion of American Idol kicks off on Tuesday, and ABC has secured its final judge spot in the nick of time. “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie said in a statement. “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!” Luke Bryan also made his participation official, while Katy Perry tweeted: "SO excited, I feel like DANCING ON THE CEILING. Time to KICK THE DUST UP."
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Lionel Richie is once again in talks to join American Idol with six days to go — after rapper Common rejected the job
Producers appear to be locking in on Richie for the third and final Idol judging spot. Common was “most recently” approached, according to Variety. But sources tell the trade magazine “that Richie is the one Idol wants, and that so long as they can agree on the price, the deal should close in a matter of days. It has to, as Idol is scheduled to begin shooting next Tuesday.” ALSO: What Ryan Seacrest wears to all his day jobs.
Posted Thursday 8/24/17 at 6:15PM EDT
Katy Perry wants Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth on her American Idol judging panel
During a chat this morning with Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Perry said, I’m really pulling for Lionel (Richie), because I think Lionel is an icon.” She added that the 25-year-old Puth would be a great addition because “he’s a writer; he’s a producer; he’s young; he’s hip; he’s fresh. Between Lionel and me, it would be nice to have someone a little more fresh.”
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:16AM EDT
With the Trumps bowing out, The Kennedy Center Honors is no longer apolotical
The CBS-broadcasted event managed to side-stop politics for 40 years. That is, until this year, when Norman Lear, dancer Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie said they’d boycott a meeting with President Trump, which resulted in Donald and Melania Trump announcing they would not attend “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”
Posted Wednesday 8/16/17 at 10:01PM EDT
American Idol is having trouble finding 2 to 3 more judges
With judges’ auditions coming in six weeks, ABC's American Idol reboot hasn’t been able to lock down judges to sit next to Katy Perry. According to TMZ, producers haven’t even decided if they want a three- or four-person judging panel. TMZ also says one of the frontrunners, Lionel Richie, is asking for $10 million, double what producers are willing to pay.