The team of Perry, Richie and Bryan is very different than those who have held court on “American Idol” in the past. The only holdover is that Ryan Seacrest returns as the host. That was by design according to executive producer Trish Kinane.
“We weren’t looking to replicate that. We took a long time to put this judging panel together and that was because we wanted to get it right and we wanted judges with credibility, who knew what they were talking about, were huge successes in their own right, who were articulate and who generally cared about the contestants,” Kinane said. “And that’s the difference. I think these guys really care about the contestants and it wasn’t so much about the judges. It’s more about the contestants.
“Katy is very blunt and she’s not mean, but she’s brutally honest. And she feels these contestants, but if she doesn’t think they’ve got what it takes, she will try and steer them somewhere else.”
This vision for Perry has been years in the making as she made her debut with 2008’s “One of the Boys” and then cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, “Teenage Dream,” in 2010. “Prism,” her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold (including song sales and streams), Perry is the only artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. In 10 years, she has racked up a cumulative 18 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 40 million adjusted albums and 125 million tracks.
The winner of this round of “American Idol” could be a hit or miss. Perry wants to do as much as she can to make sure there is a big winner so that they might be able to experience some of the success she’s had in her life especially when they first step in front of a massive audience to perform.
“It’s a great feeling and you get really addicted to it,” Perry said. “It’s got great things about it and it’s got not great things about it. You really have to know who you are so you really appreciate it.”