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Lionel Richie in talks to judge ‘American Idol’

IANS | Los Angeles |

Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie had a secret meeting with American Idol producers about a potential position as a judge on the reboot.

Richie secretly met with the producers this week, production sources told

According to the sources, the producers love the 68-year-old entertainer, and think that he would be a "great fit for the show".

"They like his vibe. They view him as a nice judge." 

However, the sources said producers will not negotiate with Richie until Ryan Seacrest's hosting deal is done.

Singer Katy Perry has been announced as a judge on the show.