This...is American Idol 2.0.
Today, the new American Idol judges panel—Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry—made their first public appearance together on Good Morning America in honor of the first round of NYC auditions.
To further fuel the publicity machine, the show took to its official Twitter handle to share a first-look photo of the judges posing alongside Mr. American Idol, Ryan Seacrest, with the caption, “First family photo! #AmericanIdol @LionelRichie @katyperry @RyanSeacrest @LukeBryanOnline.” The only thing missing from this snap (besides the trio of O.G. judges) is the ever-present red Coca-Cola cups, but we have a feeling they’ll make their appearance sooner rather than later.
“This is the dream team,” Perry gushed to GMA hosts Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts. We’re not sure if Randy, Paula and Simon would utter a similar sentiment.
American Idol is slated to premiere on ABC in March 2018. Will you be watching?