All three of "American Idol" new judges appeared together on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Before being interviewed by co-anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan, the judges were introduced and walked out in the reverse order of their acceptance to their new assignment.


First, Lionel Richie came out. Even though was not dancing on the ceiling, he did cut a few steps. After hugging Robin and Michael, he took his seat at the end. Next Luke Bryan was introduced, and after the greeting, he took his seat on the opposite end.

Finally, Katy Perry was introduced. She did not roar before taking her seat in the middle of her fellow judges. Katy said they are the dream team. She indicated that they have already worked one day together, and they worked well together.

Talked about Las Vegas massacre

The judges did get to talk a little about ABC's reboot of "American Idol" after they talked about last Sunday's Las Vegas massacre. Lionel has a residency there, so naturally, that was heavy on his mind. Luke said it was one of the most heartbreaking days of his life. His friend Jason Aldean was performing at the time of the mass shooting. Luke said he and the country music star have talked since the tragedy. Katy spoke out against gun control.

She said people should act as well as pray.

About the judges

Open auditions started last August, but the auditions in front of the three new judges started in New York on Tuesday. Katy Perry, whose real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, was the first judge who was announced on May 16, 2017. The 32-year-old singer and songwriter will be paid $25 million.

That amount is more than the combined pay for the other two judges.

Luke Bryan, whose real name is Thomas Luther Bryan, was the second judge announced on September 24, 2017. The 41-year-old country singer and songwriter will be paid $13 million.

Lionel Richie was announced as the final judge on September 29, 2017. Even though he has been in the music business much longer than the other two, the 68-year-old singer will be paid the least.

He will be paid $10 million. In Season 2, Richie was a guest judge, but the other two judges are brand new to the show.

The long-running singing competition show was canceled by Fox last year, but it is being rebooted in the spring of 2018 on ABC. Ryan Seacrest will return to the show. The 42-year-old host will be paid $10 million.

Will you watch Season 16 of "American Idol" when it airs on ABC next year?