With ratings down on Fox's veteran singing competition show, American Idol and all of the judges either expected to not return or to ask for more money, it’s looking as if there will be a lot of shakeups and changes before Season 12 makes it to showtime. Lately, the rumor mill has mentioned veteran judge Randy Jackson could leave, opening up a spot for former contestant Adam Lambert to potentially weasel his way in. Jennifer Lopez, too, is expected to leave the program, but if anyone were looking for a sometimes cupcake-bedecked pop princess to take over should “On the Floor” singerbow out, Season 12 is not looking like the right time.

Katy Perry is really too big of a name to have the time to appear as a judge on a show like Idol. Still, in the past, she has offered her opinions as a guest player on Idol, so the rumors surrounding her potential involvement on FOX’s show have been somewhat believable. Despite persistent rumors, Katy Perry says she will not join American Idol. The “Fireworks” singer recently spoke to THR to discuss her opinions on the rumors and how she feels about competition shows.
"People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it's not right for me yet…It's a real commitment to be on one of those shows."

As interesting as it would be to see how well Katy Perry could handle a vocalist competition, it is unlikely Idol would want to shell out for her expertise. Clearly, the show is looking to go for some less expensive judges, otherwise Lambert and even Miley Cyrus would probably not be on the table to potentially toss out opinions next season. American Idol is still one of the most relevant shows on TV, but if it doesn’t freshen up its format, it will go the way of the dinosaur. Perry's no-nonsense judging style could have done the freshening, but we will have to wait and see what the soon-to-be hired new judges are able to do with the show.

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