“I am honoured and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories,” she added in a statement to Deadline. “I’m always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough — from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.”
Perry, who previously took on the role of guest judge during the show's original stretch on Fox, will have to juggle her new duties with a just-announced North American tour and promotion of her new album, Witness. She is the first person officially attached to the American Idol revival, though original host Ryan Seacrest is reportedly in talks about returning. Past Idol contestants like Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood are also rumoured to be under consideration for the judging panel.