ABCAfter weeks — nay, months — of speculation, it’s finally official: Lionel Richie is among the celebrities will be joining Katy Perry at the judges’ table on ABC’s reboot of American Idol.

Besides Richie, whose name had been in the mix almost from the very beginning, country singer Luke Bryan also has been newly confirmed as an AI judge. The panel now boasts a bonafide R&B/pop legend, a red-hot current pop star and a country music superstar. All three judges will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesdsay, October 4.

“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan [Seacrest] on American Idol,” says Richie in a statement. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”

Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, states, “In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”

The new American Idol is set to debut on ABC sometime in 2018.

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