Katy Perry is sticking around as an American Idol judge, and so is everyone else

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Katy Perry ABC Hosts Premiere Event For "American Idol"
Katy Perry attends the premiere event for "American Idol" hosted by ABC at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 12, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

After rumors surfaced that Katy Perry wouldn't return to American Idol as a judge alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, a big update has arrived regarding the singer's status.

Today ABC revealed that judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan will be returning, as will host Ryan Seacrest.

Lionel, Katy and Luke have been judges since 2018, when the show went from airing on FOX to ABC. Ryan has been hosting since day one, but fans weren't sure if he would return after he landed the coveted Wheel of Fortune host spot when Pat Sajak announced his retirement earlier this summer.

"American Idol" 20th Anniversary Celebration
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan attend “American Idol” 20th Anniversary Celebration at Desert 5 Spot on April 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images)

Katy was also a huge question mark, or so we thought after rumors started swirling that she wanted to “quit” the show, with reports claiming she didn't like the way producers were portraying her to viewers.

The show's fans were thrilled with the news that their favorites would be returning. “Yesss! Great judges,” one person wrote. “So excited for Season 7 and the judges,” said another.

ABC's "American Idol" - May 19, 2019 - Finale
Katy Perry attends ABC's “American Idol” Finale on May 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

And they were pleased about Katy's return. “Yesssss!!!!!!! I am so happy Katy is coming back,” one person said. “Katy 😍,” said another. “I love Katy and am happy she’s back! She makes me entertaining and I love how they all interact,” someone else wrote.

According to the post, season 22 will return in the spring of 2024. In the meantime, auditions are happening now!


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