American Idol’s Luke Bryan posted a video message tonight confirming his return to the judges’ table for tonight’s show. He missed the first live show of the season last week after signing COVID-19.
The country singer, who joined the ABC series at the beginning of his 16th season, shared the news on Twitter known. He wrote, “I’ll be back and see you soon for American Idol! We’re live at 8 / 7c and voting starts at the top of the show. Tune in! #American idol.”
Bryan added in an accompanying Add video message: “I’m back and feeling great. I’m so happy to be back at the judges table.”
The decorated country singer was replaced by the original American Idol judge Paula Abdul last week. Bryan left a vacant seat at the judges’ table for the episode, while Abdul stepped in to help Lionel Richie and Katy Perry make their decisions.
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Prior to contracting COVID-19, Bryan was not known to have received any vaccinations. This could be due to the fact that his home state is Tennessee, and unlike many of his co-stars, he would have had to fly back to Tennessee to get the vaccination legally. The vaccination process in Nashville opened to all adults on March 31st.
For the live show, viewers will be masked, tested, and sitting in pods with their immediate households, American Idol showrunner Trish Kinane told Deadline im March. Behind the scenes, the ABC series follows strict COVID-19 guidelines and has partnered with the LA County’s Department of Health.
American Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, who also serves as the showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick with Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman, who are executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.
I’m BACK and see you soon at @AmericanIdol! We’re live at 8 / 7c and voting starts at the top of the show. Turn on! #americanidol pic.twitter.com/Z4ewqLsbmk