Missing the primary reside present of “American Idol” Season 19 was “actually robust” for Luke Bryan.
The nation star, who was sidelined as a choose final week after testing optimistic for COVID-19, returned to the singing competitors on Sunday and reunited with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
“It was very robust, I’ll inform you,” Bryan, 44, instructed Leisure Tonight of his absence. “I realized how a lot I cherished the funding that clearly me and Lionel and Katy have put in [to the season].”
Because the “One Margarita” singer quarantined away from family members, together with spouse Caroline Boyer and their two sons, Thomas, 13, and Tatum, 10, “American Idol” vet Paula Abdul stepped in as his short-term substitute.
“It was actually robust for me to have to miss out, however I was actually honored and really amazed that Paula stepped in for me,” Bryan stated.
Regardless of being away from the “American Idol” stage, Bryan saved in contact with Perry, 36, and Richie, 71, swapping texts about how the TV expertise differs from in-person performances.
“It was actually fascinating to speak to Lionel and Katy and actually inform them how great some contestants regarded on TV,” Bryan stated. “Even within the room, we miss out on a number of the nuances of pitchiness and vocal stuff, however while you’re on TV, the TV doesn’t lie. So I may sort of inform Lionel and Katy some stuff.”
Bryan, Perry and Richie joined “American Idol” in 2018 after the present moved from Fox to ABC.
The ACM Award winner’s coronavirus battle was not the one main shake-up that “American Idol” has endured this 12 months. Final week, contestant Wyatt Pike out of the blue dropped out of the present proper earlier than the highest 12 performers had been introduced.
Pike, a 20-year-old performer from Utah, cited “private causes” for his abrupt departure.
“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at eight p.m. ET on ABC.