American Idol 2.0’s first hire is anything but a dark horse.
Singer Katy Perry is nearing a deal to serve as a judge on ABC’s forthcoming reboot, according to TMZ. A formal announcement is reportedly expected to come at the network’s annual upfront presentation on Tuesday (assuming a deal is closed in time). UPDATE: ABC did indeed make Perry’s arrival as Idol “anchor judge” official at its upfront presentation.
Word of Perry’s alleged judgeship comes after the somewhat surprising news that Idol alum Kelly Clarkson — who was said to be circling the reboot — instead signed on as a coach for The Voice Season 14. Fellow Idol contestant-turned-Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is also joining The Voice this fall, where she’ll coach alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus.
Also not yet signed on for Idol 2.0: Former emcee Ryan Seacrest, who recently joined the ABC family as co-host to Kelly Ripa on New York-based Live! Idol, however, is expected to remain in L.A., which could make his return a logistical nightmare.
ABC has declined comment at this time.
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