If there was any doubt ABC would go hard recruiting A-List judges for its revival of the Fox show, they have been quieted. The network made the announcement at its ABC Upfronts event.
“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 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.
Perry, 32, served as a guest judge on the original series in 2009 after Paula Abdul left the judges’ table.