MARIO ANZUONI / Reuters
Fans have been in a frenzy since ABC announced they will be bringing back the singing competition show American Idol. It aired its final season on Fox in 2016, and they had full intention of bringing the show back in 2020.
Unfortunately, Idol‘s production company Freemantle felt the show should be back sooner so it started shopping the show around to other networks. ABC came out the victor and immediately after announcing its new home, rumors began swirling as to who would be hosting and sitting behind the judges table.
Since Ryan Seacrest is now on ABC as co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, many believe he will return as host, and former Idol winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have been reportedly “in talks” with producers about being judges.
Since Clarkson just accepted a job on rival show The Voice for next year, it seems her name will be crossed off the list as a potential judge. Katy Perry, former contestant Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson’s names have all been thrown in the ring and today, one of them confirmed they will be a judge on the upcoming 2018 season.
The official American Idol Twitter revealed the news on Tuesday (May 16) and just a few minutes later Perry tweeted her own announcement.
“SO thrilled [ABC] is bringing back American Idol,” she tweeted. “And I’m bringing it back to the music! [See] you at auditions!”
Perry previously served as a guest judge on Season 9. Watch an interview she gave last time she sat behind the judges table!
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