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Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie returning as 'American Idol' judges

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Katy Perry will return as a judge on "American Idol" next spring. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/bd1405619f2fbef41afb94e78c06b866/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Katy Perry will return as a judge on "American Idol" next spring. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

July 28 (UPI) -- ABC has announced that Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are returning as judges for Season 6 of its American Idol reboot.

Ryan Seacrest will also be back as host when the season premieres in the spring.

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"Season 6 auditions kick off Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the return of 'Idol Across America,' the live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar," the network said in a press release on Thursday.

"Auditions take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C, and start with the annual First 500 event, where hopefuls can sign up to grab a VIP spot before anyone else."

The singing competition series initially ran for 15 seasons on Fox from 2002 to 2016.

It was canceled, then revived by ABC two years later.

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