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ABC Officially Names First ‘American Idol’ Judge

May 16, 2017  •  Post A Comment

ABC made the first official announcement today of one of the judges for its revival of “American Idol,” confirming that Katy Perry will be a judge on the show. As we reported Monday, Perry’s name surfaced this week and she was widely expected to be announced today as an ‘Idol’ judge.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey made the announcement at the network’s upfront presentation at David Geffen Hall in New York City.

“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Katy leading the charge,” said Dungey. “Her incredible accolades speak for themselves. We are so lucky to have this strong and talented woman help inspire and guide the next crop of artists as they pursue their dreams.”

Said Perry: “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. 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.”

“Perry, who rose to fame in 2008 with the release of singles ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Hot n Cold,’ has garnered an impressive twelve Grammy nominations, five American Music Awards, 14 People’s Choice Awards, four Guinness World Records, and an Emmy nomination for her Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, among others,” ABC notes in the announcement. “Billboard Magazine’s 2012 ‘Woman of the Year’ has sold over 100 million records throughout her career, making her one of the bestselling musical artists of all time.”

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin.

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