ABC/Eric LiebowitzFans tuning in to ABC’s reboot of American Idol next year apparently won’t have to worry about the show getting bogged down with drama between the judges. The resurrected show’s panel of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan recorded their first auditions on Tuesday, and Richie says that the rapport between he and his fellow judges already is “so magical.”

“The chemistry is so good we don’t have to think about who we are, we just gel,” Richie told ABC Radio backstage at ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday.

The pop/R&B legend also pointed out that that, thanks to his long career, he offers something that the younger Perry and Bryan don’t.

“I bring…the stories,” he explained. “At this time in my life, what do you do with all this knowledge? You give it back!”

“When I got the [invitation for American Idol], I kept thinking, ‘I could write a book, I could do a documentary,’ or I could stand in front of America and say, ‘Lemme tell you about this story’ and ‘Lemme tell you about that story,” he added. “It’s a perfect combination.”

Perry, meanwhile, gushed, “I love listening to Lionel’s stories,” adding, “Yesterday he referenced, in one setting, Prince and Michael [Jackson] and then Whitney [Houston]! And I was like, ‘Oh yeah, you did all that with them and you still are here to tell!'”

To which Lionel replied, “Hallelujah!”

No word on when American Idol will premiere, other than it will be sometime next year.

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