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While it may be through unfortunate circumstances, ABC'sis excited to welcome back to its judging panel this week.
On Monday, Country star and current Idol judgeannounced he's unable to be a part of this season's first live show because he tested positive for COVID, adding "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.
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In response to the news, the show quoted his tweet saying, "We wish him a speedy recovery," and then dropped the big news that Paula Abdul "will be stepping in as a guest judge withand ."
Luke will be missed at our 1st— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) LIVE show tonight, but is resting in quarantine at home & we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re so excited to announce will be stepping in as a guest judge with Lionel Richie & Katy Perry as we get closer to ???? a new winner!
While the "Straight Up" singer has returned to the show before, this will be her first time acting as a judge on it since she left the show in 2009, back when it was still on Fox. Abdul was a founding member of the judging panel when American Idol launched in 2000, and has become known as the quintessential nice judge, also taking her critical talents to reality competitions likeand .
NFL eyeing onsite offseason workouts; NFLPA prefers virtual setup
The NFL indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020. However, the union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year.As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.
It was also announced Monday by host Ryan Seacrest on his daytime showthat Idol is throwing in a slight twist Monday night. To fill out its Season 19 Top 10, the show will be welcoming back 10 contestants from Season 18 so that they can finally perform on the Idol stage.
Because of COVID, the Season 18 finalists were forced to perform remotely, but now Faith Becnel, Franklin Boone, DeWayne Crocker Jr., Arthur Gunn, Cyniah Elise, Aliana Jester, Louis Knight, Nick Merico, Makayla Phillips, and Olivia Ximines will all be back to compete for the final spot in the Top 10 of the current season. Not returning are last season's winner Just Sam, and Season 18 finalists Dillon James and Francisco Martin, who already have record contracts.
American Idol Season 19 airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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.