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Luke Bryan will miss the first ‘American Idol’ live show because of Covid diagnosis

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“American Idol” judge Luke Bryan is sitting out the first live show subsequent to testing positive for Covid-19, the singer reported on Monday.

“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show,” Bryan wrote on social media. “I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

ABC affirmed the news, adding that previous “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul will step in as a guest judge close by judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

“Luke will be missed at our first #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but he is resting now in quarantine at home and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery,” the network said in a statement posted to Instagram.

Abdul showed up as a judge on “American Idol” for ten seasons during the show’s years airing on the FOX network. Her return denotes the first time when she will judge on the series since its move to ABC.

“American Idol” airs Monday at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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