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Katy Perry Named First Judge on 'American Idol' Revival

American Idol has officially tapped its first judge.

Katy Perry will serve on the judging panel for the ABC revival of the hit talent competition, the network announced at its upfront presentation for advertisers Tuesday (5/16) in New York City.

Related: Carrie Underwood 'Has Held Talks' About Judging American Idol

The “Bon Appétit” singer reveals in a statement that she is “honored and thrilled” to be “bringing back the American Idol tradition.”

“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,” Katy says. “I want to bring it back to the music.”

Among the other names so far rumored to sit next to the “California Girl” are Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Related: 10 Country Stars We'd Like To See Judge the New American Idol

Katy served as a guest judge on the original series in 2009 after Paula Abdul left the judges’ table.

Idol, which ended its 15-season run on Fox in April 2016, will return on ABC in March 2018.

 
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