“American Idol” has a sights set on decider #2 for a reboot … and we’re told it’s Lionel Richie.
‘A.I.’ sources tell TMZ … producers consider Richie’s mythological song career creates him a ideal collect … credit and a knack for honing in on what will turn popular. Richie is also intensely outgoing, that creates for good TV.
We don’t know if a ‘A.I.’ folks have rigourously reached out to Richie. We contacted Richie’s people, though so distant they’re mum.
The doubt … how most can producers means to compensate Richie, or for that matter any decider who fills a empty seats? They paid a queen’s release to Katy Perry — $25 million — that radically blew their dictated judge’s budget.
As we reported … Ryan Seacrest is about to sign a deal to horde a new chronicle for somewhere between $10M and $15M.