Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie Officially Returning to 'American Idol'

But what about Ryan Seacrest?

August 6, 2019

The gang is getting back together. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have all officially signed on for the next season of “American Idol.”

Auditions had already been underway, but it wasn’t a done deal that the trio of stars would be back as judges. Bobby Bones is also returning as in-house mentor.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season.” Said ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke.

The three judges all tweeted their excitement about their reunion.

Financial terms have not been disclosed, but Perry made an astounding $25 million her first time around.

Host Ryan Seacrest is not yet signed, but Burke seems to be treating negotiations as a formality.

"I do not believe he will be missing," she said. "We're in ongoing conversations with Ryan about returning, and I'm hopeful that he will."

The 18th season of “American Idol” will air in 2020. Auditions continue in cities across America.