American Idol judge Luke Bryan confirms that he, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are still in talks about returning. ABC has renewed the show for a third season, but the judges fates are up in the air.
“They have agreed to pay me $180 million…” Luke joked in an ABC News Radio interview. “We like that number… it’s in the ballpark.”
“But, no…” he added. “I’m obviously excited about the potential of a season three. We’re in the business portion of it where we’re working [the contract] out — I pray to God that me and Lionel and Katie are the ones that can come back.”
“I could not be prouder of what we have put on TV…” he added. “I can tangibly hold my head high… It’s something that I enjoy doing. It’s something that I work hard at.”
Luke called his experience a “learning curve” from year to year. “I just got a lot better…” Luke said . “Now I hop in a cab and a lot of people don’t know my music… they just know me from American Idol.”
On Sunday’s 3 hour finale, Luke will perform his single “Knockin’ Boots.”
Still, the country singer feels optimistic that the judges panel will return to American Idol intact.
“All things feel positive that me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan [Seacrest] will be back,” Luke said.
The singer does his part keeping the singing show wars alive. It’s a good thing he and The Voice coach Blake Shelton are friends.
“I always like to find out what Blake’s making on The Voice, and just do one dollar more than him…” he joked. “I’m gonna get him all liquored up, and he’s gonna tell me his salary, and then I can come back and tell Idol what I want.”
Blake reportedly makes upwards of $15 million a cycle on The Voice. It’s a good thing Luke was joking. If ABC were willing to lay out the bucks, the negotiations would have ended before the network upfronts.
The American Idol 2019 finale will air live coast to coast on Sunday beginning at 8 PM ET on ABC. By the end of the 3 hour episode, either Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda or Madison VanDenburg will be crowned the new American Idol.
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