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Katy Perry Opens Up About Being an 'Honest' Judge on the New 'American Idol'

Katy Perry Opens Up About Being an 'Honest' Judge on the New 'American Idol'

Katy Perry covers the March 2018 issue of Glamour magazine, talking all about the new American Idol.

As the only female judge on the panel, with Lionel Richie and country singer Luke Bryan, Katy dished about trying to be honest with everyone who comes to audition, while also recognizing the double standard of it all.

“People also come in with their stories,” she says. “Before they even sing one note, they’ll say something like, ‘I’m homeless,’ and that will impact the way you perceive them.”

Katy continues, “But if they really can’t sing, the personal story has to come second. I hope that I don’t get turned into ‘the b****’ because of that, but I also know that the music industry does not need just another singer.”

She knows that the double standard is there for her too, because she is the only female judge.

“I was saying the other day that Simon Cowell was my favorite judge because he’s very straight-to-the-point,” Katy shared. “Most people who are at home watching American Idol–you know eating food and going about their lives–are thinking either, This [person] can sing, or, This person can’t. And Simon was that kind of judge.”

She adds, “Simon could be mean, because he’s an executive and a man. But you reverse the role, and all of a sudden you’re a b****.”

American Idol will premiere on ABC in March.

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Katy Perry Says New 'American Idol' Needs to Produce A 'Legit' American Idol

Katy Perry Says New 'American Idol' Needs to Produce A 'Legit' American Idol

Katy Perry shines in silver at the Disney ABC Television Group Hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2018 party on Monday night (January 8) in Pasadena, Calif.

The singer hit up the American Idol panel with fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as host Ryan Seacrest to chat about the rebooted reality program.

Here’s everything you need to know about it:

What days will it air?

American Idol will return on March 11, airing both Sunday and Monday — up until the all-athletes season of DWTS premieres on April 30th. It will go down to just one day then — Sunday. The two-night finale will air on May 20th and 21st.

No more bad auditions

Showrunner Trish Kinane shared that the new ABC version will nix all bad auditions.

“It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them,” she shares. “I think that people once thought that the judges saw everyone, and now you know there’s a line of producers who screen before them…We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”

Seeking a star:

Katy is passionate about finding a star from the program: “Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star. You know, America doesn’t need another star. They need, like, a real legit American Idol.”

She adds, “It’s a crowded place, and I take it really seriously, sometimes to my detriment. But I’m very cut-and-dry and get straight to the point, but I think that is our purpose.”

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'American Idol' Judges Ready For Season 16

'American Idol' Judges Ready For Season 16

Katie Stevens Wanted To Be Known For More Than Just American Idol

Katie Stevens Wanted To Be Known For More Than Just American Idol

Do you remember when Katie Stevens was on American Idol?

If you don’t, you’re missing out because she was insanely good.

Katie spoke to THR recently about her time on the reality show and how she moved past just being “Katie from Idol”, and onto a really amazing acting career.

“I was getting discouraged in music,” she revealed after her stint on the show. “I started auditioning…I was trying to network with anybody that I possibly could. I was taking two acting classes a week and auditioning.”

Katie continues, “I didn’t necessarily hit rock bottom, but I was working at Sprinkles Cupcakes and trying to make money, not wanting to tell anybody that I was getting a job because other people that I knew from Idol were like, ‘Why aren’t you singing places and making money off of the Idol name?’ And I was like, ‘Because I don’t only want to be known for that.’”

And now, she isn’t. She’s known for Faking It, and her own music, and The Bold Type, and there’s even more she will be known for.

Katie still has nothing but love for Idol though: “American Idol gives people really wonderful opportunities, and they shouldn’t take flack for what people do with that opportunity after they leave the show.”

“A lot of casting rooms I was in, that was the only thing on my résumé, and people would just be like, ‘Oh, here’s Katie Stevens. Another American Idol girl who thinks she could be an actor,’” she remembers.

Katie is proof that anyone coming from American Idol can do big things.

Charlie Puth Might Be an 'American Idol' Judge!

Charlie Puth Might Be an 'American Idol' Judge!

Charlie Puth is one step closer to being an American Idol judge!

The 25-year-old performer is a front-runner for a spot on the judging panel on the show’s upcoming revival.

Charlie is reportedly in advanced talks with the series, along with Lionel Richie.

The duo would be joining fellow judge Katy Perry, as well as Ryan Seacrest, who recently signed on to host.

ABC is also debating whether to have four judges on the panel.

Other candidates for the spot includes Luke Bryan and Idol veteran Keith Urban.

Sofia Richie's Dad Lionel Might Be New 'American Idol' Judge

Sofia Richie's Dad Lionel Might Be New 'American Idol' Judge

Sofia Richie‘s famous father, Lionel, may be headed to American Idol!

The 18-year-old model’s dad is a five-time Grammy winner and a frontrunner to sit on the judges’ panel for the ABC reboot, according to TMZ.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sofia Richie

He would join Katy Perry, who has confirmed her role on the show.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest is close to signing a deal to return as host too.

Pictured: Sofia rocks an all-red ensemble while out to lunch with a friend on Monday (June 19) in West Hollywood, Calif.

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'American Idol' is Officially Returning, But on ABC

'American Idol' is Officially Returning, But on ABC

Is 'American Idol' Coming Back Already?

Is 'American Idol' Coming Back Already?

It sounds like an American Idol reboot is very likely happening!

According to Variety, NBC is in talks to bring the show back after they were pitched a reboot.

Currently, its in the process of figuring out where to fit the singing competition into the schedule.

One option being tossed around is to cut The Voice from two seasons a year to just one.

Still, no official deal has been made yet.

American Idol ran from 2002-2016 on Fox.

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