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We’re gearing up for the ABC reboot of “American Idol” and Luke Bryan fans, along with the rest of the country music community, are excited to watch the superstar in his new role as a judge on the hit reality competition series.

Luke and fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie joined “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan Oct. 4 to discuss the upcoming season. But with last weekend’s tragic shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival still dominating the news, it was also a time for each of the judges to discuss their feelings. The shooting hit especially close to home for Luke, not just because he’s a country star, but because he and Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the time of the incident, are close friends.


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“I talked to Jason Aldean very early that morning,” Luke said. “Hearing one of our best friends shaken up like that and knowing they’ll never be able to unsee these things, you get lumps and you get nauseated. Katy and I and Lionel talked about it, and there’s just got to be something you can do. From the mental health issue to all of the issues that are causing these things. I don’t even know.”

Luke also spoke about the artists’ great love of their fans, “As entertainers, you’re not up there to do anything but connect with them,” he said. “I lay in the bed, and when they show the faces of the victims, they’re our fans. They embody America. It’s a country music festival, but it’s America, and … it just goes so far beyond. You heard about it at that Ariana Grande concert, and now here it is in front of us. It was one of the most heartbreaking days of my life, and for this country, too.”

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The judges did talk about the new season of “Idol,” too. Luke said that even as a judge, it was important to be diverse in musical taste. “You better know all forms of music to some degree when you’re back there judging,” he said. “You can see the information age showing up because these kids can go to their computer and learn how to play the piano and they can get vocal lessons online … I compare, like, where was I when I was 15, and it wasn’t there.”

Luke also mentioned that it isn’t just a great voice that the judges are looking for. “We care about their emotions they’re going to go through. We’re judging do we think they’re going to be able to handle this ride? I think it’s nice to see the glitz and the glamour, but there’s a lot of hard work that goes behind it,” he said.

Makes you proud to be a Luke Bryan fan, doesn’t it?

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