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Luke Bryan to miss first ‘American Idol’ live show due to Covid diagnosis

Luke Bryan to miss first ‘American Idol’ live show due to Covid diagnosis

“American Idol” judge Luke Bryan is sitting out the first live show after testing positive for Covid-19, the singer announced on Monday.

“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show,” Bryan wrote on social media. “I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

ABC confirmed the news, adding that former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul will be stepping in as a guest judge alongside judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

“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,” the network said in a statement posted to Instagram.

Abdul appeared as a judge on “American Idol” for ten seasons during the show’s years airing on the FOX network. Her return marks the first time she will judge on the series since its move to ABC.

“American Idol” airs Monday at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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The MTV Movie & TV Awards, a popular vote and popcorn trophy celebration of the best entertainment of the year, will take place Sunday.

The Elizabeth Olsen-led Disney+ series “Wandavision” leads with five nominations. Other top nominees are “Emily in Paris” and “The Boys,” with four nominations each, and “Bridgerton” with three nods.

On Monday, MTV will debut its inaugural UNSCRIPTED portion of the award ceremony, to celebrate reality TV shows and moments.

Details on the shows follow below.

Where to watch:

The 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, simultaneously on MTV, MTV2, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.

The hosts:

The always hilarious Leslie Jones will host Sunday’s ceremony. Comedian Nikki Glaser will host the UNSCRIPTED show on Monday.

Notable honors

Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored with the “Comedic Genius Award” and Scarlett Johansson will receive the “Generation Award.”

Presenters

Anthony Mackie, Eric Andre, Henry Golding, Justin Hartley, Mandy Moore, Nasim Pedrad, Tom Hiddleston, Vera Farmiga and Yvonne Orji are some of the presenters scheduled to appear on Sunday.

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