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Katy Perry Reportedly About to Close Deal to Join American Idol as Anchor Judge

May 14, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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TMZ reports that a deal is nearly complete to have Katy Perry become the anchor judge for the return of American Idol to TV. The deal is almost finished, and an announcement is expected on Tuesday, May 16.

The producers set their sights on Perry after talks with Kelly Clarkson fell through and she joined the cast of The Voice. ABC wants to announce Perry joining the show at the ABC Upfronts this week. The other two judges for the show will not be announced since a decision has not yet been made who will be the other judges for the show.

One challenge is that the show previously left the air because it became too expensive to produce for FOX. The current staff reportedly doesn’t want to repeat that problem. However, Seacrest and Perry will not be inexpensive to bring on to the show.