Katy Perry set to return as a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol alongside Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan

The seventh season of American Idol on ABC will feature Katy Perry once more alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, despite all the rumours that a particular “mean judge” wouldn’t be back. The emcee will still be Ryan Seacrest.

Fans targeted Perry last season, particularly after candidate Sara Beth Liebe claimed the pop star mom-shamed her during the auditions. When the judges discovered that Liebe, who looked 16 but was actually 25, they were taken aback. Perry got out of her chair and humorously pretended she was about to fall back on the judge’s table when she admitted she had three kids.

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Liebe ultimately left the reality show during the opening round of Hollywood Week.

When Perry later commented on competitor Nutsa Buzaladze’s abundance of glitter clothing, the audience booed her. Additionally, she misled several competitors into believing they were leaving while they were actually staying to participate, leading Bryan to write, “Katy Perry loves to scare these kids.”

Anyway, at that point, it became widely discussed that Perry would wish to resign from her position to spend more time with her family.

The live virtual nationwide search for participants resumes on Wednesday, August 2, just in time for the start of auditions. In the spring of 2024, American Idol will return for its 22nd season (which spans six seasons on ABC).

Fremantle and 19 Entertainment, a division of Sony Pictures Television, produce American Idol. Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman are executive producers for 19 Entertainment, along with Megan Wolflick, who also serves as the show’s creator, and Jennifer Mullin of Fremantle. The show is marketed internationally by Fremantle.