Lionel Richie: Joining American Idol?!?

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We've known for weeks now that Katy Perry will be joining ABC's retooled version of American Idol, but we've been wondering which other big names would show up as the other judges. 

According to TMZ, producers think the ideal second judge would be Lionel Richie, and they are probably right. He has an expansive career in the music business and has won many awards in support of this. 

Lionel Richie Likes Irony

The only thing that may cause some issues is Richie's fee. We have no idea what the heck the producers would offer him, but Katy Perry's $25 million fee will likely make negotiations difficult. 

Yes, we're still in shock that Katy got that much, but we're happy for her. Her people sure know how to negotiate to get their client a good amount of money for her services.

Katy Perry is Shiny

There are also rumors that Ryan Seacrest is ready to sign on the dotted line to host the series. He will apparently receive between $10 and $15 million for his duties.

With the potential of Richie being attached, something tells us he would command a higher fee than Perry because of the length of his time in the music industry. 

Will the producers play ball and offer him that? It's probably a good thing that there's no confirmation on whether someone has reached out to him yet. 

Lionel Richie Poses

With two spots left on the judging panel, it has been hinted that the producers would be looking to hire the final few people with a reduced fee. 

We're struggling to come to the conclusion that all of this will be worth it. The last season on Fox averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. 

Part of the reason it rated that well was that it was widely publicized as the final season. The show will not have been off the air for even two years when it returns in spring 2018. 

Lionel Richie In Switzerland

Could ABC be making a huge mistake by throwing so much money at the show? Will it even be worthwhile when the ratings come in?

It could be one of the most exciting developments of the 2017-2018 season. What do you think? 

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