Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.
After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
Katy Perry is saying goodbye to American Idol after seven seasons. The singer announced her exit from the reality competition during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
Kimmel asked Perry how long she would stay as a judge on the ABC talent show to which the singer said she was planning to attend the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil this fall.
Perry then dropped the bomb, saying, “So I think this will probably be my last season for Idol.” “I love Idol so much,” she continued. “It’s connected me with the heart of America but I feel like I need to feel that pulse to my own beat.” Kimmel followed up and asked Perry what her co-stars, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, thought of her departure, she said, “Well, they’ll find out tonight.” “They know that I have some things planned for this year,” she added. “It’s going to be a very exciting year — for all pop star girlies.” A post shared by Jimmy Kimmel Live (@jimmykimmellive) Perry joined American Idol when the revival landed on ABC in 2018.
The singer said she didn’t know what the succession plan was but noted that former judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy all stayed together as a trio for seven seasons, just like Perry, Bryan, and Richie.Read more on deadline.com