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Report: American Idol Reboot on ABC Eyes Katy Perry as Judge

TVLine logo TVLine 5/14/2017 Ryan Schwartz
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American Idol 2.0’s potential 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).

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.

Who is on your Idol judging wish list? 

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