Katy Perry Confirmed as 'American Idol' Judge

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Katy Perry Confirmed as 'American Idol' Judge

ABC has announced that Katy Perry has agreed to serve as a judge when "American Idol" is relaunched with a new network home this fall.

Perry immediately broadcast an ecstatic message to followers on Twitter: "SO thrilled @ABCNetwork is bringing back @AmericanIdol, and I'm bringing it back to the MUSIC see you at auditions."

"American Idol" ran for 15 seasons on Fox before the network canceled it last year. The show reached an audience of more than 38 million at its peak featuring judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.

The show was the starting point for such singers as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson.

Fox's ratings began slipping in season 10, with NBC's "The Voice" drawing attention away. Fox finally canceled the show in May 2016.

Meanwhile, "Idol" winners Hudson and Clarkson have both signed on as coaches for "The Voice."

"It feels bad knowing it's coming back on another network," admitted Dana Walden, CEO of Fox Television Group. Fox revealed on Monday that it had hoped to relaunch "American Idol" in 2020 after what it considered an "appropriate amount of time." The show's production company, FremantleMedia, got a better offer from ABC, and Fox lost out.



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