Lionel Richie Confirmed As Third 'American Idol’ Judge

Lionel Richie is officially confirmed to take the third judge seat, alongside Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, on the new version of American Idol

“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie told Variety. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”

The clock was ticking for a decision to be made, as tapings and auditions begin Oct. 3. The triad of judges will no doubt offer contestants the support they need in pop, country and soul. Ryan Seacrest is back as host.

The new American Idol is expected to premiere in March.