Luke Bryan Posts New Video After Missing ‘American Idol’ Live Episode Following Positive Test

by Emily Morgan

Country superstar Luke Bryan seems to be in high spirits despite his recent positive COVID-19 test. On Tuesday, the singer-songwriter posted a clip from his song, “Up.” In the video, his followers can see him performing the song with his accompanying guitar. Bryan featured his song “Up” on the deluxe edition of his recently re-released album, Born Here Live Here Die Here. He dropped six new songs on Friday.

Earlier this week, the “American Idol” co-host announced that he had tested positive for the virus and would be unable to participate in the show’s live taping on Monday. In addition, a rep for Bryan recently confirmed that the country superstar would not appear at the ACM Awards this Sunday. 

Luke Bryan’s ACM Performance Canned

Before his diagnosis, he was gearing up to pre-record his ACM performance, but his positive COVID-19 test ruined the plans. Even though he’s not performing, he’s still up for the ACM’s most prestigious award of the night: “Entertainer of the Year.”

In a tweet posted by Bryan on Monday, the “Waves” singer disclosed his positive test result. “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show,” he wrote. “I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.” 

For the last three years, Bryan has been one of three judges on the top-rated singing competition show, which airs on ABC. On Monday, “American Idol” Producers brought back one of the original judges, Paula Abdul, to fill in for Bryan. 

More Drama Unfolds on ‘American Idol’

 However, that wasn’t the only surprise fans got during the live show. Along with Bryan’s unexpected absence, the live broadcast had more drama to unfold. During the taping, “Amerian Idol” host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Wyatt Pike, an “American Idol” hopeful, had left the show. Seacrest did not disclose the circumstances behind Pike’s abrupt departure. 

Country music fans can watch the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards on Apr. 18th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Miranda Lambert and Elle King will open the show with the live debut of their song “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” Other artists set to perform include Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Eric Chruch, and Kelsea Ballerini.