Over the years, we’ve seen quite a few transitions take place with American Idol judges. First, it was Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson who made up the ultimate trio. Then, things started to shift when songwriter Kara DioGuardi joined the panel in season eight. While discussing the change, Executive Producer Ken Warwick told CNN, "She's very strong-willed, and we needed that with Simon around."
Fast-forward to the present day, and we've seen a total of 14 stars—from comedians to Grammy-winning icons— make their way to the judging panel. And now, with season 22 fast approaching, fans are excited to see their new favorite trio (Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie) return as judges on February 18, 2024.
We'll be counting down the days, but for now, here's a full ranking of all the American Idol judges.