Katy Perry confirmed as first judge for ABC's new 'American Idol'
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ABC has found its first judge for the revived "American Idol." The network announced via press release on Tuesday that Katy Perry will serve as a judge when the singing competition returns for its 16th season either this fall or next spring.

It's not Perry's first go-around with "American Idol." She served as a guest judge during the ninth season in 2010, where she gained attention for clashing with then-judge Kara DioGuardi. Perry also appeared as a guest judge on the British edition of "The X Factor" in the same year. But this will be the first time that she has been a full-time judge on a reality talent show.

It's likely that "American Idol" will have at least one more newcomer join her at the judge's table, now that former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez is tied up at NBC with her new competition series "World of Dance," starring in the recently renewed scripted drama "Shades of Blue" and preparing for the network's live production of musical "Bye Bye Birdie."

But the hiring of Perry gives ABC's "American Idol" the major pop star that they were looking for. The network had been aggressively pursuing "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, but Clarkson signed a contract to judge NBC's "The Voice" instead. So that left "American Idol" on the search for a high-profile hire, and they've found it in Perry, who is one of the busiest and most unique pop stars in the business.

"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," Perry said in ABC's press release. "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."

It all works out for Perry, who just released the music video for her new single "Bon Appetit" last week; you can watch it now by using the media player included with this article. She's also about to release her next studio album Witness on June 9, and will be on tour all this year in support of the new record, meaning that by the time she makes her "American Idol" debut it will either coincide with or almost immediately follow her promotion of the album. That's a great bit of cross-promotion on a national television stage as Perry enjoys a busy second half of 2017.

Below are Katy Perry's currently announced 2016 tour dates:

Sept. 7 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 9 - Montreal, QC, Canada - Bell Centre (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 12 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Air Canada Centre (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 21 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 25 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 29 - Boston, MA - TD Garden (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 2 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 3 - Long Island, NY - NYCB Live (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 8 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 15 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum Center (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL - United Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 7 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 14 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 26 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 28 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 1 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 2 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 4 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 6 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 9 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 17 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 20 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena (Click here for tickets)

For more on Katy Perry, visit her artist page at AXS.


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