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Katy Perry is futuristic chic for American Idol filming

She signed a $25 million contract to judge the reboot of American Idol.

And Katy Perry looked like a million bucks when she arrived to film the singing competition for the first time in New York on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old pop sensation dared to impress in a form fitting gown and matching coat for the auditions taking place in Madison Square Garden.

First day of filming: Katy Perry, 32, arrived to film American Idol for the first time in New York on Tuesday

With her signature blonde pixie cut, the Swish Swish singer looked flawless in the black and purple shiny outfit.

She paired the futuristic look with white hoop earrings, olive retro shades, and a pair of gold metallic high heeled boots.

Meanwhile, it was revealed on Friday by ABC that she will be joined by Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to round out the judging panel with Ryan Seacrest returning as host.

The panel will make their debut appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, October 4. 

Metallic stunner: The pop sensation dared to impress in a form fitting gown and matching coat for the auditions taking place in Madison Square Garden

Metallic stunner: The pop sensation dared to impress in a form fitting gown and matching coat for the auditions taking place in Madison Square Garden

Accessorized: She paired the futuristic look with white hoop earrings, olive retro shades, and a pair of gold metallic high heeled boots

Accessorized: She paired the futuristic look with white hoop earrings, olive retro shades, and a pair of gold metallic high heeled boots

‘I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,’ said Bryan. ‘To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!’

‘I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,’ said Richie. ‘As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!’

‘Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for ‘American Idol’ on ABC,’ said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.

‘In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.’ 

Sign the dotted line: Lionel Richie has joined the Idol reboot, ABC announced on Friday

Sign the dotted line: Lionel Richie has joined the Idol reboot, ABC announced on Friday

Ready to judge!  Bryan (above at June's CMT Music AWards) has been confirmed as one of three judges

Ready to judge! Bryan (above at June’s CMT Music AWards) has been confirmed as one of three judges

This comes after claims the Idol reboot was in crisis over racial diversity.

The producers of the singing competition and ABC executives were in a dispute over the remaining judge position, it was alleged.

Fremantle – who co-owns American Idol – was hoping to add Charlie Puth while ABC was determined to have racial diversity on the panel and Richie was said to still be an option according to sources at TMZ. 

Puth upon: Fremantle - who co-owns American Idol - was hoping to add Charlie Puth while ABC is determined to have racial diversity on the panel

Puth upon: Fremantle – who co-owns American Idol – was hoping to add Charlie Puth while ABC is determined to have racial diversity on the panel

Looks like Richie won out. 

Troy Carter – a manager  of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, and Lady Gaga – was reportedly in the mix.

Sources told Variety the show plans to have a panel of three judges, rather than four.

Big choices: Troy Carter - a manager of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, and Lady Gaga - was also in the mix

Big choices: Troy Carter – a manager of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, and Lady Gaga – was also in the mix

Along with Puth, Keith Urban was mentioned as a possible judge with several years under his belt on the show. 

However, Keith recently ruled himself out, insisting no one who had been on the judging panel when the show broadcast on Fox would be joining host Ryan Seacrest in making a comeback. 

He said: ‘I think it’s going to be all new people except for Ryan.’ 

Meanwhile, Bon Appetit hitmaker Katy – who has landed a reported $25 million contract for the show – said she was ‘thrilled’ to be involved with the program when her signing was unveiled in May.

She said: ‘I am honored 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. 

‘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.’

Fresh talent! While Keith Urban (above on Wednesday) was rumored to be in talks with the program, the country star from down under explained 'all new people' would be judging this season

Fresh talent! While Keith Urban (above on Wednesday) was rumored to be in talks with the program, the country star from down under explained ‘all new people’ would be judging this season

Host with the most! ABC's network chiefs were delighted to get Ryan (above on Friday) back on board, saying 'So much of American Idol's overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan'

Host with the most! ABC’s network chiefs were delighted to get Ryan (above on Friday) back on board, saying ‘So much of American Idol’s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan’

And network chiefs were delighted to get Ryan back on board as host.

In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said: ‘So much of American Idol’s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan.’

‘[His] larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft. 

‘His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all. 

Season sixteen of American Idol is set to debut March 2018 on ABC. 

Idol minds! Season sixteen of American Idol is set to debut early 2018 on ABC

Idol minds! Season sixteen of American Idol is set to debut early 2018 on ABC

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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