It’s big news for fans of American Idol, and apparently big news for judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, too. Ahead of saying she was “probably” done with the show on Jimmy Kimmel Live — but probably after taping — Katy Perry confirmed her exit on her own Instagram.
Or at least we can probably assume that’s what she was getting at … unless she really did beat Usher at Monopoly Deal. She framed the news as a game of “two truths and a lie.”
Her list then included her upcoming headline slot at Rock in Rio this September, as well as the Usher claim and the news this would be her last season of Idol. Representatives for the show confirmed the news to TheWrap as well, but had no further comment.
During her appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, the host asked Perry how long she might continue with the singing competition. The original judging trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson was untouched for seven seasons. They welcomed Kara DioGuardi for Season 8 as a fourth judge and then things really started to change.
At first, Perry hedged the question, telling Kimmel instead about the Brazilian music festival, but after touting that, she concluded her statement by adding, “So I think this will probably be my last season for Idol.”
“I love Idol so much,” Perry continued as the crowd audibly gasped. “It’s connected me with the heart of America. But I need to feel that pulse to my own beat.” She also really put the emphasis on “Pulse,” whatever that might mean.
Kimmel’s follow-up was to ask what Richie and Bryan thought about the big change, to which Perry shot back, “Well, they’ll find out tonight!”
She went on to add, “They know I have some things planned for this year. It’s going to be a very exciting year … for all pop star girlies.” As with everything else, Perry wasn’t clear on what that might mean, either, but it could suggest new music or a tour, or even a whole new project.
Perry likely won’t address this being her final season when American Idol kicks off this Sunday, but as the show progresses toward live shows, it’s surely to become a big topic of conversastion.