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Paula Abdul returns to ‘American Idol’ after Luke Bryan tests positive for coronavirus

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Paula Abdul returned to “American Idol” to sit-in for sick judge Luke Bryan.

The country singer missed the talent contest’s first live show of the season after contracting Covid-19.

He revealed the news on social media, writing: “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @americanidol show. I tested positive for Covid but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

Abdul, who was one of the original American Idol judges, replaced him on Monday night’s episode, which marked the ABC competition series’ first return to the studio with a live audience format since the coronavirus pandemic shut down filming. She joined Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Meanwhile, Bryan has yet to confirm if his upcoming May tour is still on schedule.

– Cover Media