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Entertainment Luke Bryan Tests Positive for COVID But Says He's 'Doing Well' as He Misses First Live Idol Show

21:31  12 april  2021
21:31  12 april  2021 Source:   people.com

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Luke Bryan posing for the camera: Jon Kopaloff/Getty © Provided by People Jon Kopaloff/Getty

Luke Bryan has tested positive for COVID.

On Monday morning, the country star and American Idol judge, 44, announced on his Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will be missing the live taping of the ABC competition show, but assured fans that he's feeling okay.

"I'm sad to say I won't be a part of tonight's first live @americanidol show," he wrote. "I tested positive for COVID but I'm doing well and look forward to being back at it soon."

His seat won't remain empty though — the show is bringing in Paula Abdul to fill in.

"We're so excited to announce Paula Abdul will be stepping in as a guest judge to join Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as we get closer to crowning a new winner!" the show announced via Instagram.

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In February, the star spoke to PEOPLE about the struggles of taping the show during a pandemic.

"The interesting thing is just trying to navigate all of the new rules of COVID-19," said Bryan, who has served as a judge on the show alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie for four seasons. "One tricky thing is a lot of times during the audition process, contestants will get very, very emotional and it will be an emotional situation for them."

Katharine McPhee returns to American Idol for duet with Willie Spence

  Katharine McPhee returns to American Idol for duet with Willie Spence The 37-year-old season five runner-up and the 21-year-old contestant teamed up to sing Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli's 1999 ballad The PrayerThe 37-year-old season five runner-up and the 21-year-old caretaker teamed up to sing Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli's 1999 ballad The Prayer.

"The fact that me and Lionel and Katy can't walk out there and do the human element — hug and show support and love, is very, very tough," he added.

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It's an aspect that has become so personal for the judges on past seasons. "When someone is hurting and they're emotional, you want to console them and hug them and love on them to help them through. The fact that sometimes we can't go put our arms around them is pretty heartbreaking," he said.

Luke Bryan posing for the camera: The country star previously opened up to PEOPLE about the struggles of filming the show amid the pandemic © Jon Kopaloff/Getty The country star previously opened up to PEOPLE about the struggles of filming the show amid the pandemic

As for the return of live concerts, Bryan spoke to the Los Angeles Times in August about not feeling comfortable returning to stage just yet.

"You don't want to be the sacrificial lamb," he said. "If I've made decisions on not doing shows, it's because let's see what we're truly dealing with."

The artist said then that "we're still learning what this virus is every day." "It's all out of whack," he admitted.

Celebrating the 'greatest generation': Re-enactment marks 100th birthday of WWII veteran .
Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s unit, a part of the regiment famously portrayed in the acclaimed HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” first saw action behind enemy lines on D-Day. Following their combat jump June 6, 1944, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment fought the Germans amongst the hedgerows of France. Later in the war, Martin would jump into the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden and hold the line in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.Joining Martin at the celebration Saturday were five other World War II veterans from the 101st Airborne: Tom Rice, Vince Speranza, Dan McBride, Al “Doc” Blaney, and Robert Izumi.

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