American Idol judge Luke Bryan tests positive for COVID before 1st live show

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Country music star and American Idol judge Luke Bryan will not be on-air for the return of the singing competition. He tweeted this message for fans Monday morning, “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live American Idol show. I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

New episodes of the show air on Sundays & Mondays. But, tonight’s show was supposed to be the season’s first live episode. The official American Idol Twitter account posted this message for concerned fans:

“Luke will be missed at our 1st #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but is resting in quarantine at home & we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re so excited to announce that Paula Abdul will be stepping in as a guest judge with Lionel Richie & Katy Perry as we get closer to Crown a new winner!”

This is the show’s 17t season. It is still hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Lionel Richie, Katy Perry are the other judges.

Hopefuls from across the country are trying to wow the judges in the audition rounds. Then viewers vote for their favorite singer to crown them the next American Idol.

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