When news broke that ABC was rebooting American Idol so shortly after Fox cancelled the series, almost immediately rumors began swirling as to who would be sitting behind the judges' table. The series ended with Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. as judges, but no one knew who would join the new series.
Not long after ABC announced they were bringing the singing competition show back, they revealed that pop singer Katy Perry was the first confirmed judge for the upcoming season, which begins filming August 17 in Florida.
Many different singers' names have been thrown into the ring including R&B icon Lionel Richie, pop singer Charlie Puth, and former contestants Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry.
Underwood isn't the only country singer rumored to be considering being a judge on Idol, though. According to Us Magazine, Luke Bryan is "reportedly edging closer to inking a deal" with ABC.
Although The Hollywood Reporter's latest article reveals that negotiations have yet to begin with any judge besides the "Teenage Dream" singer, Puth, Richie and Bryan allegedly are at the top of the network's wish list of celebrities.
Both media outlets believe Bryan is a "likely option" because ABC airs the annual CMA Awards in the fall and CMA Fest every August. Bryan has previously appeared on The Voice as fellow country singer Blake Shelton's advisor, so he will have a little bit of reality competition show experience under his belt.
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