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The reason Luke Bryan isn’t on ‘American Idol’ right now

Tonight, ‘American Idol’ is cutting its competition down to the top 12 — but ‘Idol’ judge Luke Bryan won’t be a part of the live episode

Luke Bryan, a judge on “American Idol,” won’t appear during the top 12 reveal Monday night. On Monday, Bryan said he tested positive for COVID-19.
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Tonight, “American Idol” is cutting its competition down to the top 12. But “Idol” judge Luke Bryan won’t be a part of the live episode.

Why isn’t Luke Bryan on ‘American Idol’?

  • On Monday, Bryan revealed on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19.
  • “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show,” the country superstar wrote. “I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”
  • Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul will take Bryan’s place alongside “Idol” judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, CNN reported.
  • Abdul was an “Idol” judge during the show’s early years, seeing the rise of singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and David Archuleta.
  • “We’ll miss you tonight @LukeBryanOnline,” Abdul tweeted. “Thank you for trusting me with your judge’s seat!”

What happens on ‘American Idol’ Monday night?

  • Monday night’s episode of “American Idol” will reveal the 12 singers moving on to the next round off the competition.
  • At the start of the episode, “Idol” will announce 10 singers moving forward. The remaining six contestants will then perform for a spot in the top 12.
  • Based on those performances, the “Idol” judges will pick two singers to round out the top 12, the Deseret News reported.