American Idol Judges laud great chemistry

American Idol judges offer unique perspectives.

Lionel Richie has everyone nervous.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

NEW YORK — American Idol is back! And everybody’s nervous, including the judges. Get this: Luke Bryan is a big fan of 68-year-old Lionel Richie. And even though he believes Richie is “literally the most genuine, kindest person,” the 41-year-old country crooner almost wet his pants the first time they met prior to a joint performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. “Lionel’s like, ‘Whats wrong with you, brother?’” Bryan recalled during a recent appearance on Good Morning America.

“I’m like, ‘Man, I’m about to faint being around you.’”

Bryan and Richie, along with pop songstress Katy Perry, are this season’s Idol judges. Being the eldest of the trio, Richie brings a wealth of experience to the judges’ table as he’s collaborated with several high profile artists in a lengthy hall of fame career that began in the late 60s.

“He’s like, ‘Back when I was watching Whitney [Houston] and Diana [Ross] sing, and we’re like…” Bryan explained with a flabbergasted expression. “He drops these names like, it’s normal life for Lionel.” Bryan admits he’s no Simon Cowell when it comes to rendering cutthroat critiques of contestants.

But he’s also aware of his responsibilities which sometimes entails being brutally honest. “It’s interesting. It’s a little out of my comfort zone to just pick people apart, but you have to,” he said.

“It’s what you signed up for.”

The reboot of American Idol premiered Sunday, March 11th on ABC.

Are you happy to see it return?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Dan McLaughlin

    Idiots. They cancelled this show and now they wanna bring it back? What dumbass thought this up?

  2. Your Kinda Asshole

    if it looks like shit and smells like shit… it’s probably shitty

  3. Looks like a ripoff of America got talent

  4. BodaciousVortex101

    Wait so Luke Bryan is in Simon seat, is he the new Simon?

  5. Katy Perry is going to be great!!❤️❤️❤️

  6. InvisibleWombat FlyingSeel

    American Idol used to be great but it NEEDED to end. There was absolutely no reason to bring it back this soon. I don’t wish for it’s failure cause I’ve been a fan, but I won’t be surprised if it flops. American Idol lost its focus years ago, and despite being the forerunner of singing competition shows, now it looks like it’s trying to survive next to The Voice. Lionel is a legend, but I don’t think he’s going to pull much viewers. Luke is popular, but def. ABC’s discounted Blake. Katy has star power, but having her is exactly the reason AI went under; choosing judge over contestant.

  7. Timothy Ryan Wang

    The only credible judge is Lionel Richie

  8. happycrochetknit

    I love the voice they don’t judge by the look they judge by the voice. Don’t get why they brought back American idol for if it hasn’t been that long they ended it. Pretty dumb!

  9. American idol created kelly clarckson, jennifer houdson, carrie underwood, adam lambert and so many other awarded super succesfull artist, what has the voice bring?

  10. Katy Perry is my Queen

    I love Katy Perry ❤😍😍💖💖💕she is so cute 💘💘💘

  11. i wish it was Simon , Paula and Randy again.

  12. If you can bring back Simon, Paula and Randy for one season, I promise you, the ratings would go through the roof. I would actually pay the ridiculous amount of money they charge for cable these days just to watch it. Bring Adam on as a mentor with those 3 judges and this show would make history again.

  13. Greig Chandler

    Apart from Lionel Richie the 2 other judges are a wrong decision. This is not going to work. They decided to finish AI 2 years ago they should have let it alone and went out on a high. I miss JLO, Harry, Keith and Steven 😔

  14. destini johnson

    It already ended I don’t understand why they want to mess up a perfect ending

  15. I love you Katy LOVE 💕

  16. okay but like … didn’t American Idol end?

  17. I really want the 3 old judges back! At least give me Simon. I’m still gonna watch it though.

  18. Paula left..took all her drugs with her and the show got boring…the contestants on the new season are still not real good…not even close to the level of the talent on The Voice…

  19. This show is like the old show it will get boring following the same framework of the old show. There is an audition that the public does not as a filter and the clip production of the contestant done way before TV version of the audition is a setup ir is too predictable. I thought it be more fresh and different format and plans that make it less predetermine​ outcome it might become ..

  20. These judges are so boring!

  21. American Idol making a great comeback. I’m happy.

  22. brittany pyles

    Love this!!!!!❤️❤️ wonderful

  23. MonsterJamShows

    If Katy Parry was a guy he would get fired after the first one for SeXuAl HarRaSsmEnt

  24. American idol is a dying show. They gotta do whatever to keep ratings up. It’s always about money.

  25. Kelly Pastelly

    lmfao I think I might have to check out the show! I haven’t watched in ages but these judges have good chemistry. Lionel is the man, Katy should have her own reality show and Bryan is the whole package. I’m off tomorrow so I think I’m going to binge watch these new episodes :)

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