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Lionel Richie Could Join 'American Idol' as a Judge

By: Kelly Meyers

June 19, 2017

It sounds like the American Idol reboot is tapping into some star power, and they're paying the big bucks. 

Katy Perry was the first confirmed judge for the new season which is set to debut March 2018 on ABC. She signed a deal for a reported $25 million. That's some big money. 

Who will be joining her on the panel? Well, it sounds like Lionel Richie will be one of the show's judges. Apparently, Richie's outgoing personality and legendary music career have drawn Idol producers to the singer.

It's not clear if the conversations have actually happened between Richie and the show.

Can they even afford to sign Lionel a contract? That's not entirely clear at this point.