Katy Perry ‘set to become new American Idol anchor judge as deal is almost finalised’
Katy Perry is reportedly set to become the new American Idol anchor judge and negotiations to secure her fee have almost been completed. According to TMZ, the announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday after a planned deal with Kelly Clarkson fell flat and she joined The Voice. Sources told the site: 'Idol's goal is to announce Katy is joining the reboot during the ABC Upfronts this week.
'Our sources say they will not announce the other 2 judges because Idol hasn't even decided who it wants.' Ryan Seacrest is thought to be returning as host, but TMZ reports that the other judges are likely be a songwriter and a music producer. The show, which premiered in 2002 with the original line-up of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, is reportedly keen on Perry taking the first highly coveted seat.