Lionel Richie hopes to return to 'American Idol'

Now that American Idol has crowned a champ, speculation turns to whether the current judges will be back.

With good, but not blockbuster ratings, there are rumors that ABC may want to cut costs when the series returns next winter. 

Asked if he plans to stay with Idol for a third season, Lionel Richie tells People, "What would it take? The same thing we did this year... We got the three greatest personalities ever on this show. When I started with this group I was a bit worried. I kept telling America to pray for me, but now that I know everybody and their characters, I would not do another show without them!"

 
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