Lionel Richie Reportedly Joins American Idol's Panel Of Judges

The legendary singer may soon be making his debut on the American Idol reboot.

TMZ reports that ABC has snagged Lionel Richie as the third and final judge for the new season of the singing competition series—right in time for the show to start filming auditions on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. However, the deal may not be official quite yet, as the celeb gossip site notes that shooting could be delayed if Richie's lawyers want to make any changes to his contract.

ABC and the show's co-owner Fremantle are expected to make an announcement regarding Idol's judges as early as Friday, Sept. 29.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Katy Perry was the first celebrity to sign on as a judge in late May, reeling in a contract for $25 million. Luke Bryan was later revealed to have joined the show's stars. According to TMZ, Bryan will reportedly earn around $13 million. Richie, on the other hand, is rumored to bring home $10 million from his new Idol gig.

And, of course, the show wouldn't be complete without Ryan Seacrest back as host. In July, Seacrest revealed he'd be returning to the series. He'll reportedly be earning $10 million from his hosting position.

While we wait for an official confirmation about Richie's deal with Idol, learn which major stars were once turned down for the show.