By: Renee Grant

What an awesome birthday gift for Lionel Richie (June 20) as he gears up for his tour with Mariah Carey. It is being reported that Richie is being eyed to join the judge’s panel for the upcoming revival of American Idol.

Related: Lionel Richie “Feels Great” Ahead Of Rescheduled Tour

Insiders tell TMZ that Richie is on the list of people who bosses at the singing competition show are hoping to land.

If offered the chance, and if accepted, Richie would join confirmed judge Katy Perry, who inked a $25M deal to appear on the show. That makes Perry the highest paid person ever to be on the show. There is no word on who else may join the cast as a judge.

Ryan Seacrest is rumored to reprise his role as the host of the show.

“American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey previously said in a statement. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”


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