Paula Abdul will be temporarily replacing Luke Bryan as a judge on American Idol as the country superstar has tested positive for COVID.
On Monday, April 12, Bryan announced on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will unfortunately miss the first live taping of the singing competition show as he is currently resting and quarantining at home, following a positive COVID-19 test result. He also assured fans that he is “doing well” and looks forward to returning to his judges seat on Idol.
“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 live @AmericanIdol show. I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 12, 2021
“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.
Following America’s overnight vote, 10 contestants will be revealed from the top 16, leaving six contestants to perform for a chance at one of the two remaining coveted spots in the Top 12, which will be picked by Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Abdul.
Abdul’s return to the show will be her first appearance on the show since it began airing on ABC.
American Idol is set to air 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST on Monday, April 12.