New “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan may have already found a winner ellentube screenshot
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When Luke Bryan first signed up to judge “American Idol,” he didn’t really know what to expect.

The superstar stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about his new tour and his new gig on the reality show, and told the host he’s actually having a fantastic time as a judge.

“It’s so fun,” Luke told the Emmy-winning comedian.

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“When you take over these endeavors, you don’t know if it’s gonna be awful. But every contestant walking through is like a Christmas present coming in,” he said. “You don’t know if it’s gonna be your Grandma’s knitted sweater or a Nerf gun, like, the biggest and best Nerf gun.”

And it seems as though he’s already got one contestant on the brain that could be a hot contender this season.

“It’s amazing to see the contestants that come in and they just have this God-given voice,” Luke said. “We had one kid come in that’s, like, an Olive Garden breadstick guy … He just starts singing and we’re like, ‘It’s from the heavens.’ This guy was just bringing the extra salads out,” Luke added, referencing the contestant’s job.

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Luke is judging this season along with pop and R&B music icon Lionel Richie and pop superstar Katy Perry. We all know his buddy Blake Shelton is one of the long-running star hosts of rival show “The Voice,” and Ellen couldn’t help but ask Luke is there was a bit of friendly competition between the two.

“Did you do this just to combat Blake Shelton?” she asked.

Luke shot back, “One hundred percent … He’s having too much TV time.”

Ellen referenced a much-repeated recent quote from Blake in which he said of Luke, “I think people are gonna realize just how dumb he really is when they see him on national television.”

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Luke sat quietly for a second before jokingly responding, “See Ellen, my platform in entertainment is to uplift others and bring a positive message to the world. I’m not gonna undercut anybody like my friend Blake.”

Ellen reminded Luke that, “[Blake] says he loves you like a brother, but you’re dumb.”

In response, Luke challenged his “brother” with a playful “I’m coming for him.”

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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