Pop singer Katy Perry
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LOS ANGELES – ABC has announced that singer Katy Perry will be a judge in the revived “American Idol” which the network will air starting this fall.
The announcement was made by ABC last Tuesday during its Upfront presentation – an annual event to attract advertisers for the fall season.
Perry welcomed the news in a tweet saying: “SO thrilled @ABCNetwork is bringing back @AmericanIdol, and I’m bringing it back to the MUSIC see you at auditions.”
When the reality singing competition first aired on June 11, 2002 on Fox, the original panel of judges were the Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. The panel of judges had gone through changes after Cowell, Abdul and Jackson quit as judges and until the show bowed out of TV last year after 15 seasons.
Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, among others, took over as members of the judging panel.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey however did not say during the Upfront event who would be the host although previous host Ryan Seacrest said on “Live With Kelly & Ryan” that he would like to take on the job again.
Meanwhile, Fox Network’s chief executive officer Dana Walden said they felt bad that “Idol” was going to air on another network since they had planned to resurrect the show but not until 2020.
Fremantle, producer of “Idol”, rejected the plan. GAC/Expat Media
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