Is Lionel Richie joining the "American Idol" reboot?

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Charlie Puth and Lionel Richie in talks for American Idol. Charlie Puth and Lionel Richie are being eyed for "American Idol" and are reportedly in "advanced talks" with the show bosses.

Hot on the heels of the news that Ryan Seacrest - who presented every single show during its 15 season run on Fox - will be retuning, sources are claiming that Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, country star Luke Bryan and even former judge Keith Urban are all being considered as judges.

Variety reports that Idol execs are now deliberating on whether to have three or four judges. She said: "I am honoured and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the 'American Idol" tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories. They also report that series executives will meet with ABC this week to "finalize their choices and make offers".

Puth, 25, has scored hits with "Marvin Gaye" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". Producers will need to move quickly since the first round of auditions begins August 17 in Florida. ABC, Fremantle and Core all declined comment.

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Ryan Seacrest, who hosted the original Fox series from 2002 to 2016, will return as host of the reboot.

An "Idol" source told TMZ that R&B singer Lionel Richie is "still a favorite" for one of the judge spots.

What do you think of the latest speculation about the new judges?

Charlie Puth performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, June 30, 2017, in NY.

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