“American Idol” has its sights set on judge #2 for the reboot … and we’re told it’s Lionel Richie. ‘A.I.’ sources say producers think Richie’s legendary music career makes him a perfect pick … credibility and a knack for honing in on what will become popular. Richie is also extremely outgoing, which makes for good TV. The question … how much can producers afford to pay Richie, or for that matter any judge who fills the vacant seats? They paid a queen’s ransom to Katy Perry — $25 million — which essentially blew their intended judge’s budget. As we reported … Ryan Seacrest is about to sign a deal to host the new version for somewhere between $10M and $15M.
I don’t know, my money’s still on Keith Urban!