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Money Drama! American Idol Had To Expand Its Budget To Secure Final Judges Thanks To Katy Perry's Crazy Paycheck!

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We can't say we didn't see this coming.

The American Idol revival seemed to be tripping from the start after paying a cool $25 million to secure first judge Katy Perry.

As we reported, Katy Kat's healthy paycheck royally screwed over the budget for the reality singing competition, leaving very little wiggle room to negotiate with the other two judges.

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The production eventually booked Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to complete the superstar trio, making it look like everything is running smoothly on the surface.

But behind the scenes, execs are apparently worried that this overpriced concert might completely blow up in their faces!

An insider told Page Six that Katy's deal — not to mention Ryan Seacrest's hefty $15 salary — left mere "pennies" for fellow judges, cutting into costs so deep that execs had to expand their budget to land the rest of the talent. The source explained:

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Kelly Ripa Allegedly Ordered Ryan Seacrest To Cancel His GMA Appearance Amid Her Estrangement With Michael Strahan!

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Looks like Kelly Ripa's still PISSED at Michael Strahan!

As you surely know, the former Live! cohosts had a falling out when Strahan jumped ship to join Good Morning America. At the time, it was believed that Ripa had been blindsided by the news. So it's not surprising to learn that the blonde TV personality reportedly sabotaged Ryan Seacrest's scheduled Wednesday appearance on the ABC morning show.

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According to Page Six, Miz Ripa demanded that her (current) Live! cohost cancel his appearance on GMA at the very last minute. Seacrest was slated to appear on the program to promote American Idol alongside judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.

A source dished to the tabloid:

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New American Idol Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, & Luke Bryan Discuss The Show's Revival & Las Vegas Shooting On GMA

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It's not all fun and music for the judges of the new American Idol.

That's one thing that was made clear when Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan assembled together for their first interview on Good Morning America.

On Wednesday, the judges — or, "the dream team" as Katy put it — were brought out on the ABC morning show where they revealed just how much work it takes for an aspiring singer to become America's next superstar.

The interview then took a serious turn as the trio addressed the harrowing mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, and spoke on where they believe America should go from here.

Video: Katy Addresses Vegas Massacre In Concert

Richie said he worries about fans' live music experiences being taken away by fear of violence, while Bryan admitted to feeling "nauseated" for the horrors that his dear friend Jason Aldean saw that night.

But Perry was a bit more outspoken, saying that while she prays everyday, "prayer without action is powerless." In addition to sending thoughts and prayers, the pop star said we as a society "need to take an unfortunate good, hard look at what our rules and our boundaries are with gun reform."

Looks like these judges are already copacetic. Ch-ch-check out their first interview (below).

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Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Confirmed To Complete American Idol Panel Of Judges!

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Katy Perry finally has some company!

Luke Bryan has been confirmed as the second judge on the American Idol revival panel — yeehaw! And if that's not good enough news, we're also hearing Lionel Richie is on board, too!

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The country singer posted on Twitter on Friday:

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Luke Bryan Likely To Take The Second American Idol Judge Seat… But No Deal Has Been Signed YET!

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The deal is not officially done yet, but it's as close as can be: Luke Bryan is almost a sure-thing to be the second judge on the upcoming re-boot of American Idol!!

The country singer hasn't signed his contract yet, and so entertainment sources don't want to come forward and confirm anything, but according to TMZ the deal is as close as it can be, and the star should sign in the coming days.

Related: Is Katy Perry Planning On Being The Next Simon Cowell??

According to reports,

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American Idol Filming Might Be Delayed Over Lack Of Judges — Which Could Be A Problem For Confirmed Judge Katy Perry!

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A moment like this… the new contestants of American Idol might have to wait an actual lifetime!

The rebooted singing competition might have to delay taping due to having trouble landing its final two judges — but that won't work for the judge they already spent MILLIONS to secure.

Idol sources tell TMZ that Thursday is the last stop for the show's tour bus auditions, and production is just weeks away from the planned taped auditions in front of the judges.

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Which is a huge problem, because producers are still no closer to signing on two stars to join Katy Perry on the panel!

Production still hasn't signed on desired judge Luke Bryan, who unsurprisingly wants more money than the reported $6 million salary Idol was offering him (especially compared to Katy Kat's cool $25 million).

To make up for the low dough, ABC had reportedly offered the country crooner

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Get Ready For Luke Bryan At American Idol — Producers REALLY Want Him To Sit In A Judge Chair!

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Looks like Katy Perry may have another very popular artist sitting next to her in those American Idol judge chairs very soon!

According to media reports out in TMZ today, country music superstar Luke Bryan is in talks with producers about potentially becoming a judge on the hit show!

Related: Is Katy Planning On Being The Next Simon Cowell??

Producers have reportedly even made an offer to Luke, though we're not sure what it is yet — and money will be an issue, considering Katy is due $25 million, and Ryan Seacrest is getting nearly $15 million.

The next-highest paid talent will

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