Katy Perry to be Amer­i­can Idol judge

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Pop star Katy Perry is the first judge to be named for the new sea­son of “Amer­i­can Idol,” which was re­vived by ABC for the 20172018 sea­son.

The show, which pulled in 38 mil­lion view­ers at its peak and has “pro­duced over 375 No. 1s to date, count­ing all na­tional and do­mes­tic charts,” ac­cord­ing to Bill­board, pre­vi­ously aired for 15 sea­sons from 2002 to 2016 on ABC’s ri­val net­work Fox. It was can­celled in 2016 amid de­clin­ing rat­ings.

Perry’s suc­cesses as a pop star read sim­i­larly. Since re­leas­ing her de­but al­bum “One of the Boys” in 2008, she has sold more than 100 mil­lion records and has been nom­i­nated for 12 Grammy and five Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards.

“I am hon­oured 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.”

She also posted a note on Twit­ter say­ing that she was thrilled that “Amer­i­can Idol” is back.

RICH FURY, GETTY IM­AGES

Katy Perry says she’s “hon­oured and thrilled” to be an Idol judge.

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