Entertainment Luke Bryan Tests Positive for COVID But Says He's 'Doing Well' as He Misses First Live Idol Show
American Idol recap: Partner up for the duets challenge
It's time for the 'American Idol' Hollywood Week Duets Challenge, and this season it's the judges pairing the remaining contestants up. It's got a real "live together, die alone" vibe to it. Even if contestants work as a team, one or both might not survive the cut. Hollywood Duets are a real crapshoot from beginning to end! Isn't that fun? © John Fleenor/ABC Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan on 'American Idol' Speaking of survival, the first duet of the night features one singer who seems to have just fully given up.
has tested positive for .
On Monday morning, the country star andjudge, 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."
I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first liveshow. I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.
'American Idol': Ex-Boybander Brings Katy Perry to Her Feet in New Sneak Peek (Exclusive)
This contestant gets the "Firework" pop star feeling the music on an all-new American Idol.In this exclusive sneak peek from Monday's new Showstopper round, Jamieson opens up about his life and his backstory before showing off his rocker chops with his big swing.— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline)
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.
In February, the star spoke to PEOPLE about the.
"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 alongsideand 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
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.
As for the return of live concerts, Bryan spoke to thein August about not 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.