Richie served as a guest judge for the second Top 8 Week of Season 2.
On September 29, 2017, the show announced that Richie would be joining pop superstar Katy Perry and country superstar Luke Bryan as a judge on Season 16 of American Idol. Richie returned as a judge for seasons 17 and 18.
Prior to American Idol, Richie was best known for his music, notably with the band the Commodores, and later as a solo artist. His hit songs include "Hello" and "All Night Long". He notably appeared in the 1996 film The Preacher's Wife.
- Lionel Richie on Wikipedia