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"American Idol" reportedly taps Luke Bryan as its second judge

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLuke Bryan has been locked down as second judge on ABC's revival of American Idol, sources tell Variety.

Luke would join Katy Perry, who was signed back in May for a reported $25 million.

Neither ABC, nor Bryan's rep have confirmed the deal.

The show reportedly is looking to go with a panel of three judges, rather than four, according to the insider; and with just a week remaining until auditions are set to begin, the third spot has yet to be filled.

Lionel RichieCharlie Puth and former Idol judge Keith Urban -- all rumored to be in contention for the spot -- appear to be out of the running.

Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted every season of the show since its debut in 2002, is back on board and told reporters this weekend that "an announcement about judges is expected imminently," according to Variety.

American Idol is set to return in early 2018.

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