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Luke Bryan Tests Positive For COVID-19, Misses 'American Idol' Live Show

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Luke Bryan tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing him to skip the first "American Idol" live show of the season.

The country music star and "Idol" judge was supposed to be on the judges' panel for the first live taping of the reality singing competition's current season that went on air Monday night.

Revealing his diagnosis earlier in the day on Twitter, Bryan said, "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."

"American Idol" confirmed the news in a statement issued on Instagram, saying, "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."

Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul replaced Bryan as a guest judge, joining fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

(Photo: Jim Wright)

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