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American Idol Reportedly Eyeing Katy Perry for a Seat at the Judges’ Table

Setting aside the fact that the original American Idol finished its run on Fox last year — making it completely silly that it’s being rebooted — the new version of the show is already courting some big names.

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Sources say that Katy Perry is in talks to judge American Idol when it comes to ABC, though she may even be further along in the process than that. TMZ reports she’s close to finalizing her contract to take the gig. It sounds pretty likely that Perry will spend next fall chained to the judges’ table rather than the rhythm.

Whether Perry has time for an engagement of this magnitude is the real question, though. American Idol is set to debut in the fall; Perry is already committed to releasing her album, Witness, and touring with it between now and then. That’s a lot of work. If Perry was hoping to tour before 2018, she probably won’t be able to host a show that will require her to be in Los Angeles.

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Still, Perry would be a natural fit for American Idol. She sat in one of the judges’ chairs before. In 2010, she was a guest judge on the show alongside original judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and newcomer Kara DioGuardi. Perry and DioGuardi butted heads, like, whoa…

…but overall, Perry said she loved doing the show.

“If I was offered that job as a permanent host, I would ditch my career and take on that career,” she told MTV News at the time. Well, Perry, that day may have come. If we can’t have Cowell back, Perry isn’t a bad second choice.

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ABC is expected to announce American Idol‘s new judges this week.

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