American Idol Judges Give Update on Luke Bryan After COVID Diagnosis: 'Giving Critiques at Home'
The work doesn't stop for Luke Bryan, even amid a COVID-19 diagnosis.
44-year-old country singers Katy Perry and Lionel Richie (along with guest judge Paula Abdul, who stood up for Bryan) gave an update on his health after the live show on Monday.
"He's totally good," Perry, 36, told Entertainment Tonight of her colleague's symptoms. "I think he'll be fine. I think we'll see him next week."
In fact, "He texted us. He blew up our phones throughout the episode. We can't even say some of it," she joked.
"We can't say half of it!" agreed Richie, 71.
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According to Perry, Bryan "agreed with everything" she and Richie judged with Abdul, 58, during the live episode.
"He only voiced criticism at home. I think he was alone in his room," said the singer from "Dark Horse".
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And for Abdul - who was an original judge on Idol for the first eight seasons of the vocal contest series - there was a "nostalgic" feeling about stepping into Bryan's shoes.
"I didn't have time to think about it because literally it was. I got the call on Friday night and I was worried because I got my second vaccine and thought, 'Oh my god, what if I have a reaction?'" she said ET. "I was able to reschedule my appointment to Saturday night, so yesterday I felt kind of shitty, but today I woke up well. And it was fun!"
"I love being on this panel tonight. It's very different from the panel I was on, that's for sure," she said, joking that she "didn't have to go to therapy" to talk to Richie and Perry to work.
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On Monday morning, Bryan announced on Instagram and Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the live tapping of the ABC competition show, but assured fans that he was fine.
"I'm sad to say I won't be part of @AmericanIdol's first live show tonight," he wrote. "I've tested positive for COVID but I'm fine and look forward to going back soon."
The show then announced Abdul as his temporary replacement on Instagram, writing, "We're thrilled to announce that Paula Abdul will stand as guest judge for Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as we near the coronation of a new winner!"
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