Katy Perry will be returning for the seventh season of American Idol alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, despite rumors of her departure. Ryan Seacrest will also continue to host the show. Perry faced criticism from fans last season, particularly when contestant Sara Beth Liebe accused her of mom-shaming during auditions. It was a surprise to the judges when Liebe, who appeared much younger, revealed she was actually 25 years old and had three children.
In a lighthearted moment, Perry stood up and pretended to fall back onto the judge's table. However, Liebe later left the competition during the first episode of Hollywood week. The audience booed Perry when she made a comment about the amount of glitter worn by contestant Nutsa Buzaladze. She also played tricks on some contestants, making them believe they were eliminated when they were actually staying to compete.
Luke Bryan even tweeted about Perry's love for scaring the contestants. Despite speculation that Perry may want to quit to spend more time with her family, she will be returning for another season. Auditions for the upcoming season will begin on August 2, with a live virtual nationwide search for contestants. The 22nd season of American Idol, which includes six seasons on ABC, is set to premiere in spring 2024. American Idol is produced by Fremantle and 19 Entertainment, a part of Sony Pictures Television.
Megan Wolflick serves as the showrunner and executive producer, alongside Jennifer Mullin from Fremantle and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman from 19 Entertainment. The series is distributed worldwide by Fremantle.