Auditions begin today for reboot of “American Idol” and so far, only one judge is in place.
Ryan Seacrest is set to return as host and Katy Perry is locked in as a judge. Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan or Keith Urban haven’t inked a deal and none are close. Record producer Nile Rodgers is now in the mix, but time is running out.
Despite auditions getting underway today, the judges aren’t needed for them until cameras roll in six weeks. One of the issues could be the crazy amount that producers are paying Perry which is estimated to be $25 million. Lionel reportedly wants 10 million but the show wants to pay him half.
ABC TV plans on airing the reboot of the former Fox show this coming January.