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Luke Bryan will miss tonight’s first live taping of American Idol’s current season, as the entertainer has tested positive for COVID-19.

Bryan announced his diagnosis on Monday (April 12), telling fans via social media, “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.”

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.

— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 12, 2021

The American Idol organization also confirmed the development, stating that former American Idol judge Paula Abdul will step in as a guest judge, joining Bryan’s fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

“Luke will be missed at our first #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but he is resting now in quarantine at home and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery,” said in a statement on Instagram.

Abdul was a judge on American Idol from 2002-2009, including season four, which crowned Carrie Underwood as the Idol winner.