Katy Perry Announces Departure From American Idol Show

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Katy Perry is leaving American Idol to go on a new musical path. American Idol will launch on ABC on Sunday (Feb. 18), marking the show’s 22nd season overall and Perry’s seventh and final season as a judge.

Perry revealed the information while expressing her love for the show and her intention to travel and perhaps release new songs during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night (Feb. 12).

Since its return to ABC in 2018, Perry has served as a judge alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

“I believe this upcoming season of Idol will likely be my last,” Perry revealed. “While I cherish my time on Idol and the connection it has provided me with the heart of America, I feel compelled to march to the beat of my own drum and experience life beyond the confines of the show.”

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Perry sees her September appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil as a huge opportunity, and she is excited about it. It’s really exhilarating. “It’s incredibly thrilling. A monumental moment,” she expressed regarding her inclusion in the festival lineup.

By stepping away from her regular role on Idol, Perry sees it as an opportunity to embrace new opportunities and artistic endeavours. “Let’s just say I’m making room for my creative evolution,” she remarked.

Perry’s artistic pursuits extend beyond her television work. Litmus Music, a catalog rights company financed by Carlyle Group LP, has bought the rights to five of her Capitol Records studio albums, including the Grammy-nominated Teenage Dream.

According to Billboard, Litmus paid $225 million for Perry’s share of the master recording royalties and music publishing rights to these albums, which were released between 2008 and 2020.


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