When it comes to finding the next American Idol, music legend Lionel Richie isn’t messing around.

When PEOPLE caught up with Richie and fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan during the taping of Idol‘s Hollywood week, the trio got candid about their judging styles … and whether or not they’ve engaged in heated disagreements.

“Not yet,” Richie said about. “Here’s what’s happening. We start out with 200 some odd people, let’s be honest. We took off the top layer and we also had our get-acquainted moment which is like, ‘That’s nice. Very good, don’t do that again.’ So now we’re in the second layer. As we get closer to the real deal I can almost feel that we’re going to be able to voice our opinions – I’m bringing my mace!”

“You’re going to mace us,” Bryan replied. “Don’t let him go through your pocketbook, Nicole , and get your pepper spray.”

“We’ll each have different people that we’re rooting for I’m sure,” Perry added. “But the great thing is that America is really the one that chooses so that’s exciting.”

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Source:: People.com


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