At today's upfront presentation at David Geffen Hall in New York City, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that Grammy and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry is set to judge the next generation of artists on ABC's revival of the beloved music competition series American Idol. ABC confirmed last week that this American Idol revival will be coming to the network, after a 15-year run on Fox that ended in 2016. It isn't clear when ABC plans on announcing the other judges, or when production may begin.
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. 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. Here's what Katy Perry had to say about joining ABC's American Idol.
"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."
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. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide. Here's what ABC's Channing Dungey had to say in a statement about bringing Katy Perry on as the first new American Idol judge.
"We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of American Idol with Katy leading the charge. 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."
American Idol originally ran for 15 seasons on Fox, with host Ryan Seacrest leading the way throughout the show's entire run, with judges that included Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul. The hit musical competition series helped launch the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. American Idol contestants have sold more than 60 million albums, resulting in more than 80 Platinum records and 95 Gold records. Its participants have generated more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits and sold more than 260 million digital downloads.