The American Idol reboot planned by ABC might have its first celeb judge soon: Katy Perry. Perry is in active talks to be one of the reboot’s judges, and it is expected that ABC will announce they have reached a deal with her this week during the ABC Upfronts. ABC is still in negotiations to get Ryan Seacrest to return in his old role as the host of the reboot of American Idol, which is scheduled to premiere in 2018.
Billboard reported (in an article that first appeared in THR.com.) that sources speaking with The Hollywood Reporter said that ABC is in talks to be a judge on the American Idol reboot. However, with Ryan Seacrest now serving as the co-host of Live With Kelly and Ryan, and continuing to host his own radio show, among other projects he has going, some people are speculating that ABC might be looking at Katy Perry to fill a different role on its reboot of American Idol, as its host, if a deal cannot be reached with Seacrest.
ABC appears to want to launch it reboot of American Idol right, with enough star power signed to draw in viewers and make the series a hit. The drawback is if too many big-name stars are signed to be the judges, the series could become a “money pit,” like the old American Idol became in its later years. The salaries for its three judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., combined with the salary paid for Seacrest to host the series, led to the decision in 2015 for the fifteenth season of American Idol to be its last one.
TMZ was the first to break the story about Katy Perry being in talks to become a judge on American Idol. While Perry has served as a guest judge on the X-Factor in the UK before, she has never been a full-time judge on a reality-based musical series — so far.
NBC’s The Voice has reportedly offered Perry eight-figure contracts multiple times, but she has passed on all of them. Perhaps this time, if ABC makes the right offer, Perry might finally agree to become a judge, though not on The Voice, but on the reboot of American Idol.
ABC was likely hoping to sign Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, both alums of the old American Idol, as judges of the planned reboot; but, both of them, instead, have agreed to be judges on NBC’s The Voice. If ABC can get Katy Perry to be one of the new series’ judges, or its host, that would give the show much-needed star power to attract the attention, and money, of media buyers this coming Tuesday at the ABC Upfronts.
ABC will not announce who the other two judges will be of the American Idol reboot, because Idol has not yet decided on who the other judges will be. The host of the reboot “will almost certainly be” Ryan Seacrest, though ABC has not confirmed that, or that it is in negotiations with Katy Perry to be a judge on the series.
If ABC is able to sign up both Perry and Seacrest the other two judges might not be major musical artists, in order for the American Idol reboot to not “break the bank.” The show’s other two judges might be a music producer and a songwriter. The philosophy of the ABC execs seems to be making the American Idol reboot more “about the competition.”
Katy Perry is in serious talks to be a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot, and ABC could announce her signing as soon as this Tuesday, at ABC’s Upfronts. ABC is reportedly also trying to get Ryan Seacrest to be the host of the reboot. FremantleMedia and Core Group Media are going to be the producers of the new American Idol. Trish Kinane, who was the executive producer of the old American Idol, will also be the showrunner of the ABC reboot.
By John Samuels
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