Talk about dropping the mic! Katy Perry is officially joining American Idol as a judge.
ABC announced that Perry would be joining the singing competition as its first judge during the network’s Upfronts presentation on Tuesday (May 16), according to E! News.
“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,” Perry said in a statement. “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.
American Idol ran on FOX from 2002 to 2016 with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson making up the original judges’ panel. In later seasons, however, the show featured a mix of judges, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey. As E! News points out, Perry actually served as a guest judge in 2008 after Abdul left the show.
The news that Perry has signed on to judge Idol, comes just a week after ABC announced plans to revive the series for season 16.
“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Katy leading the charge,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. “Her incredible accolades speak for themselves. We are so lucky to have this strong and talented woman help inspire and guide the next crop of artists as they pursue their dreams.”
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