AMERICAN Idol judge Luke Bryan will be replaced by alum Paula Abdul for the first live show.
The replacement comes after Luke “contracted Covid.”
Luke Bryan has contracted Covid-19
Original judge Paula Abdul will take his placeCredit: Splash News
The country singer revealed that he tested positive for Covid-19 in both Twitter and Instagram posts on Monday, writing: “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.”
Monday’s episode of American Idol will mark the first live episode of the season, though Luke will be replaced by a pro.
Following news of the country singer’s absence, ABC revealed that former judge Paula, 58, will take his place at the judge’s table.
Following news of Luke’s positive diagnosis, Paula also confirmed on Twitter that she will be filling in.
Luke revealed he tested positive on social mediaCredit: Instagram/lukebryan
Paula took to Twitter to confirm she was filling in for LukeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The American Idol Twitter account shared: “Luke will be missed at our 1st #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but is resting in quarantine at home & we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re so excited to announce @PaulaAbdul will be stepping in as a guest judge with Lionel Richie & Katy Perry.”
“Tune in at 8|7c on @abcnetwork for my Idol return.”
She concluded the post with the #AmericanIdol hashtag, as well as #PaulasBack.
In addition to airing live, Monday’s episode will also include a live audience.
Luke will be back on the show when he recoversCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Paula will be sitting at the panel with Katy Perry and Lionel RichieCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The audience members will wear masks, while they will also be tested and seated in pods that are organized by members of immediate households.
Paula was included on the original panel of judges when American Idol premiered back in 2002.
The singer served as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, 61, and Randy Jackson, 64.
The original judges remained on the show until Paula left before the ninth season, while Simon exited the singing completion the following year.
Randy continued to be a judge on American Idol until Season 12.
Paula was an original American Idol judge when the show premiered in 2002Credit: Reuters
American Idol, which has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest every season, was cancelled on Fox in 2016.
The show returned on ABC in 2018 and is currently airing its 19th season.
American Idol is currently airing its 19th seasonCredit: Getty