Country hunk Luke Bryan, best known for hits like “Drunk on You” and “All My Friends Say,” looks like he’ll add another title to his resume: judge on “American Idol.”
The ABC network has already announced pop star Katy Perry will take on one of the judge’s spots. Original announcer Ryan Seacrest will reprise his role. Now it looks like country idol Bryan will take up a spot as well, reportedly to the tune of $25 million. Industry publication Variety reports that Bryan has secured the spot over singers Lionel Richie, Keith Urban and Charlie Puth.
Bryan recently completed a tour for his latest album “Kill the Lights.” The record earned Bryan the distinction as the first artist in “Billboard” history to have six singles nab the number one spot on the charts.
The fifteen season run of “American Idol” earned its own share of controversies. Critics of the show often note that eliminated contestants often go on to greater success than the actual winners. Jennifer Hudson, eliminated in season three, went on to score Grammy and Academy Award wins. Clay Aiken, runner up in season two, had his albums outsell those of the actual winner, Ruben Studdard. The series also attracted criticism over its voting methods, especially after the website “Vote For The Worst” began running campaigns to skew the results.
The “American Idol” reboot premieres in spring 2018.