Running Out of Time! 'American Idol' Struggling to Assemble Its Judges


Running Out of Time! 'American Idol' Struggling to Assemble Its Judges


New report suggests that the issue lies on Lionel Richie as his team asks for around $10 million, which doubles the initial price ABC offers.
Finding the right people to fill the positions of second, third and possibly fourth judge seemingly is not an easy thing to do for producers of "American Idol" revival on ABC. According to TMZ, the honchos of the revived show haven't locked down other judges to join Katy Perry.

The site further reports that the issue lies on Lionel Richie, who previously was dubbed internal favorite to be the show's judge. His team asks for around $10 million, which doubles the initial price ABC offers.

Rumors have it that "American Idol" producers haven't come to a decision on how many judges the show will feature. They are allegedly still contemplating whether they will have three judges or be a game changer with four judges. A source claims that they most likely go with four judges, with producer Nile Rodgers being thrown in the mix joining previous frontrunners Charlie Puth and Luke Bryan.

Luke was in the mix after the country singer impressed producers in early discussion. Previous report also suggested that Keith Urban came as an alternative if things don't work with the aforementioned names.

They better hurry up since auditions for the show is slated to kick off on Thursday, August 17 in Orlando. They have 6 weeks until cameras roll for the filmed auditions which hopefully start at the end of September.

So far, "American Idol" has only nabbed Katy Perry to serve as its judge with fantastic $25 million contract. While others may doubt that it is the right decision to spend that much money for one judge, ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey defends the "Bon Appetit" hitmaker's rich salary.

"We hit the jackpot with Katy," Dungey previously said. "She is a songwriter, and to have someone like her on the panel is fantastic. This is a business. We need to make sure we make the right decision so the show can be financially viable, so it will have a place on ABC for years to come."

Hosted by returning host Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" reboot will premiere sometime in early 2018 on ABC.


MORE FROM NEWS
Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

  random image