It’s official, singer Katy Perry is a judge on “American Idol”!
Last week, it was reported that Perry was in talks to join the popular singing competition after Kelly Clarkson signed on as a coach on “The Voice.”
The news was announced by ABC at its upfronts on Tuesday. Perry said in a statement, "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."
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Katy tried to play coy about the gig. Instead of confirming or denying the rumors, she recited a Bible verse, saying, "Judge not lest ye be judged.”
Katy, who guest-judged the show in 2009, added, "But, they didn't say anything about constructive criticism, and I'm good at that.” When Ellen pressed for more details, Katy just sipped from a mug with Ellen’s logo on it. Watch!
Katy is in the middle of promoting her new music from her upcoming album “Witness.” Along with the “American Idol” gig, Perry will also be juggling a new tour, which kicks off in September.
Rumors are swirling that former contestant Chris Daughtry will also be a judge, but there is no official confirmation yet.
“American Idol” is returning next year.