Katy Perry Joins ‘American Idol’ as Judge

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Katy Perry has joined ABC’s “American Idol” reboot as a judge. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Perry’s addition to the show Tuesday at the network’s upfront presentation in New York.

“I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories,” said Perry. “I’m always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough – from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.”


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The pop star has previously turned down offers for other singing competition shows like “X Factor,” which, like “Idol,” is produced by FremantleMedia. She was also a guest judge during Season 9 as a temporary replacement for Paula Abdul.

A 12-time Grammy nominee, Perry is one of the top selling music artists of all times.

ABC last week announced that it had given a greenlight to a 16th season of the long-running music competition. The series order ended not only a process that saw multiple networks explore bringing the reality franchise to their air, but also a briefer-than-anticipated absence for a show that just a year ago celebrated its “farewell season.” “Idol” aired for 15 seasons on Fox. For eight of those seasons, it was the highest-rated show on television.


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Perry is the first onscreen talent to join the competition-series revival. As Variety reported last week, Ryan Seacrest is in advanced talks to rejoin the franchise as host, but no deal has yet been finalized. ABC had approached “Idol” season-one champion Kelly Clarksion about joining the reboot as a judge, but those talks were scuttled when Clarkson signed on as a coach for season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

ABC has also held talks with country star Carrie Underwood to join the series, as well as fellow “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert. Perry and Lambert are both represented by Direct Management Group.

No premiere date has yet been announced for “American Idol,” though sources tell Variety that the show is slated for a March debut.

Perry tweeted Tuesday about joining the show:


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    1. Brad Sharp says:

      ABC, you have no chance of 50% of Americans watching this love fest among democrat/Marxist/atheists. Silly you.

    2. BG49417 says:

      Bravo, bravo I absolutely adore Katy Perry and she will make a great judge. She has the charisma and temperament necessary to deal with multiple personalities and can be playfully acerbic without coming across snide or cruel. In addition she has the ability to see untapped talent. As for Ryan Seacrest, we love, love, love him and think he should be considered a given as Idol would not be Idol without him. Their is one other individual I think would make a great addition and that is Adam Lambert. His personality would wonderfully compliment Katy’s and Ryan’s without running the possibility of appearing contrived. In my opinion, as with Katy and Ryan, he’s the total package. Having been a former contestant he has personally experienced being on the receiving end of a judges critique. In addition his prior experience as a judge puts him in a position to bring a unique perspective to Idol. He’s astonishingly talented and basically a genuinely nice person. People love and gravitate toward him and this alone makes him perfect. He is more than just musical talent as he has the ability to bring a human touch. I personally want to see Idol succeed and you can’t go wrong with Katy, Ryan and Adam.

    3. Sue says:

      I didn’t explain well that Adam Lambert was a judge for X Factor Australia last year. His boy contestant won. As a judge for that season. He did a great job!

    4. Sue says:

      I’m telling you do what it takes to get Adam Lambert. He will be terrific with Katy Perry they are friends and have tons of charisma between them. Together they will be great judges and their fans will watch. As much as I like Katy without Adam not watching! Idol Producers need to listen to people who been wanting Adam a long time for more than a guess judge in the past they have not listen. If they had listen a bit more to listeners they may have not gone off the air. The morning show in Australia said Adam was a terrific judge and he had 2 in the finals and the boy won! He a very honest knowledgeable fun judge. Would be there every week if he was a judge. He knows how to pick great talent give helpful judgeship. He tells it how it is without being out and out mean not an easy task, he does it well. He a busy guy with Queen and working on new album but I think he can work it in.

    5. Janis vaughn says:


    6. punkfunk13 says:

      I’m excited! Katy will be an entertaining and not afraid to be critical judge. Now if they could get Adam Lambert too I will be ecstatic xo

    7. Steve says:

      It will be interesting to see if a re-booted American Idol can compete with The Voice. My gut says no.

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