And just like that, the judges' table is full.
“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke, and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and won four Grammys, said in a statement. “As a singer, songwriter, and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan, whose last three releases all debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!”
The trio will make their first appearance together on Good Morning America on Oct. 4.
ABC announced in May that it was reviving the long-running Fox reality series, a little more than a year after the show went off the air. Longtime host Ryan Seacrest will also be returning when the new season debuts next year.