Katy Perry is joining the new-look American Idol at ABC (US).
“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,” said Perry.
“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 is the #1 most-followed person on Twitter with 98 million followers, ahead of Justin Bieber (94m), Barack Obama (88m) and Taylor Swift (83m). Donald Trump has 29m by comparison. She was previously a guest judge during Season 9 as a temporary replacement for Paula Abdul.
Perry is the first onscreen talent to join the competition-series revival. Rumours of Kelly Clarkson joining were thwarted when she signed to The Voice at NBC. Other names in speculation include Idol discoveries Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert.
Ryan Seacrest is also in advanced talks to return as host, but has a busy schedule and a deal has yet been finalised.