Hello…is it me you’re looking for?
According to reports, that’s what legend Lionel Richie may be saying to producers of the rebooted ‘American Idol.’
Richie’s undeniable impact, hit catalogue, and demographic are being cited as some of the reasons he’s being courted.
If he did hop-aboard, he would join previously announced judge Katy Perry.
The latter’s astounding fee of (an alleged) $25 million is likely to be an unavoidable factor when hashing out Richie’s deal. Because logistically anything remotely close to what was given to Perry would render it near impossible for the show to be profitable.
Multiple sources have stressed that this issue directly affected negotiations with Idol’s longtime host Ryan Seacrest.
A series of deals were put on the table, yet the number took a dive when Perry’s humungous pay packet was confirmed. Reportedly insulted by whatever offer was presented to him at the time, Seacrest is said to have withdrawn. However, when ABC execs heard, they pulled out all the stops to secure him. Word on the curb is that he is back on-board and will be receiving somewhere in the ball-park of $10 million – $15 million.
Needless to say, the drama in the run-up to the show’s January 2018 return is proving quite titillating in itself.
Many seem willing to dismiss the Idol comeback – and the reasons are understandable.
However, for what it’s worth, we do feel Richie would be a great look.