Katy Perry signs on as first judge for ‘American Idol’ reboot

By Hayley Bradbrook

Katy Perry has officially signed on to be a judge on the reboot of American Idol. The exciting news was announced at the ABC Upfronts in New York on Tuesday (May 16).

The 32-year-old singer was quick to hop on social media to express her excitement over joining the series. “SO thrilled @ABCNetwork is bringing back @AmericanIdol, and I’m bringing it back to the MUSIC you at auditions,” she told her fans on Instagram, alongside her official Idol publicity shot.

Katy also shared how “honoured” she was to be a part of the iconic show. “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,” she stated in a press release, adding that she wants to help the series focus on the music.

“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,” she explained.

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The Santa Barbara native’s big announcement came just hours after she hinted about the judging gig during a Tuesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Supposedly … you're going to be a judge on the new American Idol,” said Ellen, who herself was a judge on the show back in 2010. "Judge not, lest you be judged, but they didn't say anything about constructive criticism, and I'm good at that,” quipped Katy.

The “Teenage Dream” singer joins a long list of music heavyweights to take a spot on the panel. Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler and Harry Connick Jr. have all taken turns sharing their expertise with contestants. The American Idol revival will hit the small screen during the 2017-2018 television season.

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