Welcome to ABC: Luke Bryan to become 2nd 'American Idol' judge

Luke Bryan

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Popular TV talent show "American Idol" has confirmed country star Luke Bryan as its second judge, according to a report by Variety.

Bryan joins Katy Perry for the ABC series reboot.

A third judge is expected to be announced shortly.


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Lionel Richie, who was reported to have been in advanced talks to join the show, seems to be off the table, according to the report.

ABC declined to comment to Variety on Bryan's deal.

ABC's takeover of the long-running Fox series was announced in May, and is expected to premiere in March with original host Ryan Seacrest.

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