American Idol judge Luke Bryan will miss Monday’s live broadcast after testing positive for COVID. The ABC series has tapped an original Idol judge to fill in for him.
via: The Blast
The ‘AI’ judge made the announcement today on Twitter, revealing to his massive fan base that he has contracted the Coronavirus and is quarantining at home.
Luke’s health issues come at a terrible time for the popular singing competition show, after being forced to sideline one of their three main judges. But, producers had a trick up their sleeve that may make this terrible situation, into mindblowing television!
“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @americanidol show,” Bryan posted on Twitter.
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
He continued, “I tested positive for Covid but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”
Obviously, this isn’t a great situation, but the producers announced at the same time that Paula Abdul would be stepping in to fill Luke’s spot on the show. The ‘Straight Up’ singer back on live TV in front of the ‘American Idol’ audience — Yes, Please!
According to multiple reports, American Idol’s first live show will include an audience with will be masked, and tested for COVID-19 before entering the building.
The fans will be seated in “pods” which will include only members of their immediate households. The production staff is working closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to ensure safety after opening up the series to a live audience.
Fans flooded social media to send get-well messages to Bryan, many hoping he will back on the show as soon as possible!
Paula will join Katy Perry and Lionel Richie for Monday’s show, which will reveal 10 of this season’s 12 finalists after Sunday’s audience vote.