Hello, Is It Lionel Richie You’re Looking For As An American Idol Judge?

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After weeks of negotiations and holdouts caused by apparent
budget restraints, American Idol is close to
finalizing its judging panel. What a journey it’s been.

TMZ reports that Lionel Richie
(not Charlie Puth) has been confirmed as the third and final
judge for the reboot alongside Katy Perry and country singer
Luke Bryan. Idol producers had
reportedly been in search of a non-white judge to complete the panel.

While Richie was originally in contention, producers held back
on paying the $10 million he requested. The problem was that
Perry’s excessive $25 million salary, along with Ryan
Seacrest’s $10-$15 million, had placed the show far
beyond its financial limits, like shopping for Pottery Barn
goods on an Ikea budget.

Bryan will reportedly make $13 million and Richie got his $10
million. As TMZ notes, “it’s going to be difficult to turn a
profit unless the show is an out-of-the-park home run.”

This ship is about to sail…

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