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Now that “American Idol” will be making it’s return to television, we’re just left to wonder who will make up the show’s panel of judges.


So far, pop music sensation Katy Perry has been confirmed to take one of the judge’s seats on the reboot, which is set to air on ABC. So, that means at least two more slots need to be filled.

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According the “The Hollywood Reporter” three names have been thrown into the mix as potential mentors for the upcoming season of the singing competition. One of those names is none other than country superstar Luke Bryan. However, no formal negotiations have yet begun.

If Luke were to take part in the show’s revival, it wouldn’t be all that surprising — especially since he has previously guest-starred as an adviser on “Idol’s” rival show, NBC’s “The Voice.” And he wouldn’t be the first country crooner to join the all-star cast of “Idol” judges. Fellow country artist Keith Urban judged alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. during the final four seasons of the show when it aired on FOX.

In addition to that, ABC has a strong connection to country music as the home of the CMA Awards and two other annual specials produced in conjunction with the Country Music Association.

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Aside from Luke, other stars apparently being considered for the role include Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth. Live auditions for the reality series begin in August. “American Idol” is expected to begin airing on ABC sometime in the 2017-2018 television season, with Ryan Seacrest confirmed as host.

So, how would you feel if Luke were a judge on the show? We’d love to hear you weigh in with your comments!

Sounds like Luke Bryan might be on his way to “American Idol” Getty Images/Patrick Smith
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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