Katy Perry Says American Idol Talent Had Nothing to Lose (Video)

Katy Perry talks American Idol on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Katy Perry dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live (YES she was there in person rather than on Zoom!) to talk about her life and the upcoming season of American Idol.

After Jimmy Kimmel aired a clip of Mario Adrion, the dude who auditioned in his underpants, Katy declared, “It’s a show about music. I swear.” In the clip, Katy challenges Mario to a “walk off.”

“That’s what fourth season will do to you,” Katy quips.  “All you had to do was click on a Zoom link to audition this season, so they all came out!”

But Katy stressed that aside from the crazy contestants, the “talent is phenomenal because of it.”  Katy notes that pre-COVID hopefuls had to leave their homes and line up to audition. “Now it’s… a little bit easier. There’s less barrier to entry.”

Katy and Jimmy spent the first half of the interview sharing stories about motherhood. Katy became mom to Daisy Dove Bloom last year, with partner Orlando Bloom. Having a child was a decision she made and she does not regret it.

The two also chatted about Sunday’s Super Bowl LV show featuring The Weeknd. Katy performed the halftime show SIX years ago. Who could forget left shark, right? The Super Bowl show always provides a meme-able moment.

Also, she shared her thoughts on closing the night time presidential inauguration special with a performance of “Firework,” as the Washington DC night sky lit up. Katy’s evangelical Christian parents are Republican. She’s a Democrat. Her one hope is for families to be able to come together in unity.

Katy Perry Talks American Idol on Jimmy Kimmel Live

On Monday morning, Katy and her fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan chatted remotely with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly & Ryan

Idol host Ryan Seacrest says the talent is really “great this year.” As far as the hopefuls she saw in auditions, Katy says, “We’re all  living in this weird, wild crazy moment where a lot of our dreams have been put on hold.”

Katty added, “I think a lot of the contestants said to themselves when they clicked a Zoom link to audition this year, ‘I have nothing to lose because nothing is promised, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so I’m just going to go swing for my dreams’. That means the floodgates were open concerning talent. Nobody was busy, they were just ready to take hold of their dreams.”

Ryan shared a story about a “humble young man” who auditioned and said he’d never really sung at all before. After his audition, Katy said, “If he really wanted to, he could actually win American Idol.” 

“You’ll have to check it out,” teases Katy. She thinks after four seasons, artists and musicians trust the panel. “People with the whole package,” Katy says. “It’s not called American Singer,” Katy stresses (maybe taking a teeny weeny swipe at The Voice there.)

American Idol season 19 premiers on ABC Sunday Feb. 14 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Katy Perry talks to Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa on how the pandemic affected American Idol auditions.  


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