Entertainment Paula Abdul to Step in for Luke Bryan on 'American Idol' Following His COVID-19 Diagnosis
'American Idol': Katharine McPhee Joins Fan Favorite Willie Spence for Powerhouse Duet -- Watch!
The 'Idol' alum returned to the show's stage to deliver a memorable and emotional performance with one of the season's frontrunners.Willie Spence grabbed the judges attention in a big way when he wowed them during his rehearsal, and said his career goal was to win a GRAMMY within the next five years -- an undeniably ambitious goal, but one that all the judges felt was legitimately possible.
is stepping into 's shoes. The 44-year-old country singer that he's in quarantine after testing positive for , and will miss the first of American Idol's live shows on April 12.
Abdul, who was an Idol judge for eight seasons, from 2002 to 2009, will judge in Bryan's place, alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, ABC announced on Monday.
This marks the first time Abdul has appeared on Idol since the show moved from Fox to ABC in 2018.
"Luke will be missed at our first #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but he is resting now in quarantine at home and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery," the show wrote on Instagram. "We’re so excited to announce @paulaabdul will be stepping in as a guest judge to join Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as we get closer to crowning a new winner!"
Boyzone's Keith Duffy talks about daughter Mia's autism diagnosis
Keith Duffy has revealed it took more than two years for his daughter Mia to receive an autism diagnosis as he reflected on the 'terrifying' and 'frustrating' wait.Speaking on Tuesday's episode of Lorraine, the Boyzone star recalled the agonising wait for his little girl to get the help she needed, eventually going private to get the life-changing diagnosis when she was a baby.
the news of his COVID diagnosis and upcoming Idol absence on Monday, writing that he's "sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show."
"I tested positive for COVID," he wrote. "But I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon."
I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) show. I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.
The "That's My Kind of Night" singer appeared on Sunday's pre-taped American Idol episode, but Monday will be the competition show's first live shows.
Bryan was also set to perform at Sunday's ACM Awards, but no official announcement has been made as to whether he will attend the awards show or perform.
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Paula Abdul to appear on American Idol after Luke Bryan tests positive for coronavirus .
Paula Abdul to appear on American Idol after Luke Bryan tests positive for coronavirusThe country singer will miss the talent contest's first live show of the season after contracting Covid-19.