Katy Perry Mulls Over 'American Idol' Exit Amidst Rising Tensions and Public Disapproval
Pop sensation Katy Perry, recognized for her work as a judge on American Idol, is reportedly contemplating leaving the show, citing instances of being unfairly portrayed as a result of show editing and the backlash she has subsequently faced.
Perry, known for her chart-topping single "Roar," has indicated feelings of betrayal by the show's producers, accusing them of using selective editing techniques to depict her as the "nasty judge" on the series.
The acclaimed singer, 38, has recently faced criticism due to her comments towards the contestants. Perry was taken to task for allegedly mom-shaming Sara Beth Liebe, a contestant and mother of three, by humorously suggesting that Liebe had been "laying on the table too much."
In response, Liebe addressed Perry's controversial joke in a TikTok video released after her audition aired in March, emphasizing the struggles of motherhood and womanhood.
The public criticism did not stop there. Perry was met with an audience outcry following her critique of another contestant, Nutsa Buzaladze, specifically concerning her choice of attire. Perry's suggestion for a less glitter-filled performance was met with an unexpected wave of boos, leaving fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan taken aback.
A further point of contention was her reaction to the elimination of contestant Elijah McCormick and the subsequent performance by Wé Ani. Instead of providing feedback on Ani's version of Adele's "Skyfall," Perry expressed shock at the results and commented on the dramatic nature of the song, leading to further accusations of disrespect.
According to sources speaking to the Daily Mail, Perry is under the impression that the American Idol producers have a hand in her negative portrayal on the show, and this has been the tipping point for the star. The backlash she has faced, particularly during this season, has taken a toll on her.
The insider shared, "Katy became aware of the harsh criticism. Getting booed really upset her. She was trying to stay in her lane, do her job, and go home." The source also noted that Perry, who has achieved significant milestones in her career, now feels unfairly branded as a "nasty reality show judge," adding, "Katy's wanted out for some time now, but this season was way too much for her to handle."