Earlier this month, Katy Perry was announced as the newest American Idol judge â which, for some, was surprising news. The series, tentatively scheduled to relaunch with its 16th season in March 2018, is in the midst of a serious overhaul, with even mainstay Simon Cowell having jumped ship. So why would a major A-list star like Katy Perry step in? It doesnât make sense.
Except that it does. Especially if you were paying attention to Perryâs official statement.
âI 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,â she said. âIâm always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough â from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.â
Which is exactly what Perry seems to be doing in terms of her own career. Her fourth album, Witness, is scheduled to drop on June 9, and weâve seen the way sheâs reinvented herself in the lead-up to its release. Sheâs cut off her hair (in a sharp contrast to a long legacy of wigs), and used the Grammys to make a political statement with her debut performance of “Chained to the Rhythm. âSwish Swish,â her newest single, serves as a ânot today, Satan!ââtype of anthem, but she’s refused to take the bait and make it about any specific pop star rival. Ultimately, Perryâs cutting down any and all bullshit, as she explained in an interview earlier this month.
âI built up Katy Perry and she was so fun,â she told EW. âAnd I still am Katy Perry and I love her so much but, at the core, Iâm Katheryn Hudson and I think thatâs being revealed as I embrace who I really am.â
That approach parallels her approach to American Idol â a series Perry has told us she intends to return…