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'American Idol' Judges Announced They're Coming Back Despite Pay-Cut Rumors

Katy, Lionel and Luke are coming back, but we're still not sure about Ryan Seacrest

August 6, 2019

It was unclear whether ABC and "American Idol" could afford to bring back their three judges:  KATY PERRY, LIONEL RITCHIE, and LUKE BRYAN.  But now, they announced that they'll ALL be back for their third season together.

There's no word on the terms of their deals, as ratings took a sharp dive last and rumors are that ABC is looking to pare down costs this time. As you may recall, Katy's original contract paid her $25 million per season.

RYAN SEACREST's status is still up in the air.  An ABC exec said, quote, "I don't believe he'll be missing.  We're in ongoing conversations with Ryan about returning, and I'm hopeful that he will." 

This will be the show's 18th season overall.

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