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We already know Lionel Richie is joining Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as judges on American Idol when it returns to TV next year.

Now we are hearing ready to cash in on it.

According to The Blast, Lionel has created his own slogan for the “Idol” reboot, “Here Comes Da Judge,” and he’s planning to slap it on tons of merchandise.

The site reports that Richie has filed to copyright the phrases “HERE COMES DA JUDGE” and “HERE COMES DA JUDGE — LIONEL RICHIE,” for use on items like belt buckles, hair ties, T-shirts, shot glasses, cork screws, underwear, candles and more.

So far there’s no word if fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan have come up with their own catchphrases.  But seriously, would you buy something on it that said “Here comes da judge?”  Maybe if you were Judge Judy or something.

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