The new 'American Idol' judges speak out live on 'GMA'

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan open up about the first season of the hit show on ABC.
6:24 | 10/04/17

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It is time, what time is it, robin? "American idol" time. That's right. There's no other show like it. It is the cultural institution that revolutionized talent competition and we have the three amazing judges here. We'll bring them out in just a minute but first we're so excited to be kicking off "Idol" here on ABC and we want you to take a look at this. You remember a moment like this. ??? For a moment like this ??? That emotional moment Kelly Clarkson clinched her win as "American idol"'s first megastar followed by Carrie Underwood. ??? How do I get you alone ??? Chris Daughtry. ??? Dead or alive." And Jennifer Hudson. ??? now the show that's produced more megastars than any other ever is back, Ryan Seacrest watching the auditions backstage Monday in New York. Everyone is so excited to be back for "American idol" with Lionel, Katy and Luke Bryan having a good time. A few nerves outside the room. A few nervous parents outside the room, crew members because everybody wants this. That. The golden ticket. Isn't that right? All: Yes! This is "American idol." Reporter: The new judges all together for the first time at auditions, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie working late into the night to audition all the people swarming to be the next "American idol." Our cameras there as so many with big dreams lined up to process so top secret we can't even let you hear them sing. And it's just the beginning, "Idol" is back and who is going to get that golden ticket? I want a golden ticket. Do you want a golden ticket. I would love a golden ticket. It is time to bring out the brand-new judges. He's once, twice, three times a superstar and will have "Idol" fans dancing on the ceiling. Thought out love for Mr. Lionel Richie. ??? What a feeling dancing on the ceiling ??? ??? Oh what a feeling ??? Watch out. Watch out. Ah. Oh. Mwah. My god. Where are we going now? Well, you know we're going to go now, bring out your partner right now. This two-time cma entertainer of the year can crash our party any time. He's already crashed our audience, it's Luke Bryan. I told you you'd be in that. Hi. I told him to watch you shake. What did I tell you. Luke is known to shake his booty. He gave it to us. He did not disappoint. I had to shake your shaking game. I can't keep up. You got that. She has gone gold. She has gone platinum. And now she's the first artist in history to go diamond. That is 10 million in sales and she did it three times. Give a roar for Katy Perry. ??? Stinging like a bee ??? How are you? Great to see you. Ah. Hello, hello. Lovely in lapis. Thank you, thank you. We got to say welcome. This is a super group. Must feel good to be together finally to have this kicking off. This is a dream team. This is -- I have to tell you something. We've been to school together for the last 40 years. Excuse me, I should say 20 years. I'm 84. We only had one day together yesterday and we're already just so locked in and I think there's such incredible mutual respect and everybody has their strengths and knows their different wheelhouses and I sit there on the table and I'm like, really Lionel. You hung out with prince and Michael and Whitney. Tell us more. In the same night. I know. Crazy. So it's so wonderful. That's called back in the day. Back in the day. Well, you have had jussie wealth of experience in so many different areas. What are you bringing to the table. You know what it is, experience. I think from what we have most of all is, you know, what do we do with all of this knowledge at the other end of the career? We have to give it back. We share it. And I kept thinking do I write the book, do I do the documentary? No, I just become a judge right quick and every night when something I can see in an artist where he's struggling or she's struggling, the first thing I'll say what, you know what, this reminds me of me and we'll start there and they bring to the table the same thing, their Artis artist artistry. "American idol" is about plucking somebody from obscurity and make them the next superstar. What does it mean to you guys to know you could be discovering the next superstar? It's challenging and we think about that throughout our whole assessment of this human standing in front of us. I mean we care about their emotions they're going to go through. We -- we're judging do we think they'll be able to handle this ride. Because you all know. Because I think it's nice to see the glitz and the glamour but there's a lot of hard work that goes behind it. I only had three hours of sleep. And that wasn't my choice. And she says that. We ran late last night, but we got three hours of sleep and we're here and that's what some of these artists don't understand. You don't get to choose your sleep schedule sometimes, the business does.

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