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ABC Sees A Bright Future For Its 'American Idol' Reboot With Famous First Judge; Katy Perry Says She's Thrilled To Do The Show

By Donna Marie Lapena Padua , May 17, 2017 11:28 AM EDT
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Katy Perry is the first musician to sign as judge of ABC's "American Idol" reboot. (Photo : Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

The ABC network is foreseeing a sizable future with its all-new "American Idol." Executives of the T.V. company have announced earlier this week the first judge hopping into the rebooted reality series which has seemingly already enticed advertisers. Katy Perry is about to do the "American Idol" 2018 series, and she recently expressed her excitement to be a part of the show's big comeback.

ABC is picking up "American Idol" after over a year since it closed its curtains, and it is reportedly planning to make the show bigger than its production when it was still on Fox. The network announced about the reboot during its upfront presentation of its 2017-2018 lineup on Tuesday, May 16. A bigger announcement though has been dropped by the company as it confirmed a prominent musician is filling up the first Idol judge seat.

Katy Perry was signed as the first judge of the rebooted "American Idol." Her involvement broke over the weekend during the promotional show of her new album. The A-list musician's addition to "American Idol" has easily created a hype, considering that her Twitter account has almost a hundred million followers. It has reportedly become an advantage to ABC as Perry is effortlessly charming the advertisers to the resurrected reality show.

A previous talk, however, claimed that Katy Perry's judging stints would not come cheap as she is inarguably one of the most prominent singers of her generation. These talks are putting worries to some "American Idol" fans as it can be recalled that one of the reasons why the original run of the reality series went down was because of the expensive fees of its roster of judges.

There are no announcements yet regarding the definite return of "American Idol, in" but it is expected to kick off in early 2018. Other judges to sit beside Katy Perry are likewise not yet decided, but the show's former host, Ryan Seacrest already expressed his desire to join the show when asked. Also, former and first "American Idol" champion, Kelly Clarkson is being rumored to become one of the judges. However, the 35-year-old singer has already signed a contract with NBC as a new coach on "The Voice."

Meanwhile, Fox is not at all happy about ABC's decision to bring back "American Idol" on the small screen. The company's head, Dana Walder said that they are disappointed to learn about the show's reboot when it is only less than two years when they announced the finale of the hit talent competition.

Walder even mentioned about the huge budget they threw to make the grand finale of "American Idol" and said that she thinks that it is fraudulent to put the show back on T.V. quickly when they already ended it. She also revealed that Fox was convincing Fremantle Media to revive the show sometime in 2020, but the distributor's alleged need for money made it ink a contract with ABC instead.

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