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Luke Bryan Opened Up About Why He Loves Being An 'American Idol' Judge

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By Clark Sparky

Luke Bryan is about to enter his third season as a judge on "American Idol," and he seems to love every minute of it. The country star, who works alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as judges, talked to Nash Country Daily about why he enjoys the job so much.

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“It’s exciting,” the 43-year-old told the outlet. “It’s always about watching amazingly talented kids walk in the door from all these different backgrounds and knowing you can help facilitate their rise to stardom and their ability to get their music out there.”

Bryan talked to PopCulture.com last month about how much he admires the young contestants who excel in such a pressure-packed situation.

"If I had been a 20-year-old kid and walked into 'Idol,' I don't think I would've made it through." Bryan said.. "I think I may have charmed them with a goofy grin or something, but I don't know. And that's what you never know about these kids. I mean, when you end their dream right there, that's just not what me and Lionel and Katy are about. So we don't know if this is our last moment with them. We don't know if they will go on to win."

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"But either way, it's really fun having their attention and giving them advice," he continued. "I think the country music role is not an 'Everybody helps everybody' [role], and it kind of shows ... Katy gives amazing advice too. We all have our little lane, but when I meet a kid that I don't think is going to make it but I see myself in them, I really feel like I have to encourage them to really chase that dream."

He's excited to get back to the show, which premieres on February 16, 2020.

"I love it. I'm settled in. Me and Lionel and Katy and Bobby and Ryan, we're in our stride," he said. "What I love about American Idol is me and Lionel and Katy, we could tell jokes all day long and have antics and be goofy and all that, but when a great, when an amazingly talented kid walks in that room, that's when the show starts happening."

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