ABC‘s ‘American Idol’ revival is back for a third season and it’s now been confirmed that its judging panel are all aboard too.
The news was first trumpeted by Katy Perry on social media.
She will be take a spot at the table alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour today, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said of the new deals:
“American Idol is the original music competition series. It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.”
No word on the financial specifics of their deals, but Perry made headline’s upon’s the show’s 2017 announcement for securing a colossal $25 million contract for her services.
And while ratings have proven steady, multiple sources have reported that network execs have been angling to bring down the sky-high spend on the show. It’s not clear whether that’s factored into judge salaries this go round.
The upcoming 2020 instalment of Idol, while its third for ABC, will serve as the show’s 18th overall.