Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie join judges panel for ABC's 'American Idol'

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By Sandra Gonzalez, CNN

(CNN) -- Country singer Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will officially be joining the judges table when "American Idol" makes its debut on ABC, the network has confirmed.

The two join previously announced judge Katy Perry and returning host Ryan Seacrest.

"I'm so excited and proud to announce that I will be one of the three judges on ABC's 'American Idol,'" Bryan said in a video posted to his social media account confirming the news.

In his video, Bryan called Richie his "hero."

"As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table," Richie said in a statement via the network. "It's going to be so much fun!"

The panel is set to make their first joint appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on October 4.

ABC reached an agreement with Fremantle Media back in May to resurrect the briefly canceled reality competition series, which previously ran on FOX for 15 seasons.

FOX executives had previously said they were open to bringing back the series but favored a longer hiatus for the show, which saw ratings steadily decline in its latter seasons.

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