ABC confirms Katy Perry as ‘American Idol’ judge

Katy Perry arrives on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 1. ABC announced Perry as a judge for "American Idol" Tuesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

May 17 (UPI) — ABC announced pop singer Katy Perry as the first judge for its new version of “American Idol.”

“We are ecstatic to welcome @katyperry as a judge on ABC’s #AmericanIdol!” the show’s Twitter account said Tuesday.

“SO thrilled @ABCNetwork is bringing back @AmericanIdol, and I’m bringing it back to the MUSIC [eye emoji] you at auditions,” Perry tweeted.

“American Idol” ran 15 seasons on FOX, ending in 2016. ABC confirmed last week it is bringing the singing competition show back in 2018, but it hadn’t indicated until now who might host or judge it.


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