American Idol Reboot: Lionel Richie Eyed As Judge / Ryan Seacrest Back On Board

Published: Monday 19th Jun 2017 by Sam

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.’

For, sources close to the production claim that they are keen to sign the icon as a judge on ABC‘s version of the talent search.

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 Reportedly insulted by whatever offer was presented to him at the time, Seacrest is said to have withdrawn.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.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Ronnie June 19, 2017

    That’s too much to be paying Katy Perry imo. We don’t even know if she’ll be a good judge.

  2. Fancy BISH June 19, 2017

    Love Lionel Slaychie! He sold more copies of one album than Katy has sold in her whole career! Flush flush lol

  3. Bam June 19, 2017

    End this, NOW! This will flop, this should flop, this should and will flop.

  4. Achooo! June 19, 2017

    I can’t believe they are being this show back. I’m not looking forward to seeing Lionel Richie Mufasa looking assss or Ryan Seacrest wack over 40 in the closet asssss either. This is going to be a big fail just like Meghan Kelly comeback to a different network.

  5. AmbeRussell June 19, 2017

    They have like 15 million left to use to pay everyone else. Katy was paid WAYYY too much BC she will want a raise, but she is getting 66% of the budget for judge and host salary.

  6. ? + ✈ = ? June 19, 2017

    Finally someone credible!

    Katys album is flopping, they should get a refund on that check. Replace Katy with someone else(Gaga)

  7. Erik June 20, 2017

    Toni Braxton needs to judge one of these singing shows..

    • Fancy BISH June 20, 2017

      Yaaaaas…Toni is a sweetheart like Paula…and she throws shade with her eyes like Paula too lol

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