Katy Perry is coming to ABC. This week, the network announced the pop star will be a judge on the upcoming reboot of American Idol.
Perry is the first judge to be announced for the new installment of American Idol. There are rumors that season one winner Kelly Clarkson has been asked, but she just joined season 14 of The Voice on NBC. Former host Ryan Seacrest has also reportedly been asked to return to the series, but what about original judge Simon Cowell?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cowell was asked to appear on ABC’s revival but is not interested, saying:
I was asked to do it, and the answer is no. … I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy, Ryan and Paula. You can’t re-create that.”
ABC has not yet set a premiere date for their American Idol reboot, but it is expected to launch in early 2018.
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At today’s upfront presentation at David Geffen Hall in New York City, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that Grammy- and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry is set to judge the next generation of artists on ABC’s revival of the beloved music competition series “American Idol.”
Perry, who rose to fame in 2008 with the release of singles “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold,” has garnered an impressive twelve Grammy nominations, five American Music Awards, 14 People’s Choice Awards, four Guinness World Records, and an Emmy nomination for her Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, among others. Billboard Magazine’s 2012 “Woman of the Year” has sold over 100 million records throughout her career, making her one of the bestselling musical artists of all time.
“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.
“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Katy leading the charge,” said 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.”
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Katy Perry? Will you watch the new American Idol?