American Idol Is Struggling to Find Judges Who Aren't Katy Perry

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American Idol producers have reportedly had trouble securing a panel of judges to accompany Katy Perry on the long, possibly unnecessary journey of reviving the show. Is it possible that her $25 million salary ate up the budget?

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According to TMZ, the legend Lionel Richie is in talks for one of the slots, but Idol doesn’t want to pay him the $10 million he’s apparently requested because it’s twice what they planned to offer:

Our ‘Idol’ sources tell us ... none of the previous front-runnersLionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan or Keith Urban — are any closer to signing than they were a few weeks ago. We’re told record producer Nile Rodgers has now been tossed in the mix.

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Lionel Richie vs. Charlie Puth, hmm, which one, which one...

Idol has to lock in three or for judges before the filmed auditions begin in September. In just a few minutes, Rita Ora will say she’s available.

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mamakris
Kris-the-Needlessly-Defiant

They’re paying freaking Seacrest north of 10 mill and they’re trying to cheap out on Lionel “I wished you were my father in the 80's” Richie?