With Katy Perry already set, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that ABC and producers FremantleMedia and Core Media are narrowing the field to Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Charlie Puth to join Perry on the judges' panel. ABC, Fremantle and Core all declined comment.
Sources note that while all three names are rumored to be in the mix, negotiations have yet to begin with anyone. Richie is considered to be likely as he remains an internal favorite among all three parties; Bryan would make sense given ABC's relationship with country music (the Disney-owned network is the home to the Country Music Awards, among others); and singer Puth is seen as less likely of the trio.
The remaining judges' slots need to fill up fast. Auditions are scheduled to start Aug. 17, in Florida, and thus far only Perry is on board. The Hollywood Reporter