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Who Is Going To Replace Katy Perry On “American Idol” — Latest Updates & Buzz

A side by side of Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson.

We’ve known for a while now that Katy Perry is stepping down from her spot on the panel of American Idol judges, but we still don’t know who’s going to replace her. There’s been a lot of speculation on the topic, especially since one of Perry’s fellow judges has hinted at his favorite candidates. However, there haven’t been any official updates from ABC. We hope they hurry up, because the suspense is starting to get to us!

One thing is for sure: we know who’s not joining the judges on American Idol. Kelly Clarkson has made it amply clear that she’s not interested in the role. Her reasoning was pretty simple: she wants to spend more time with her kids! Clarkson explained that this was part of why she left her role on The Voice, too.

Kelly Clarkson in blue holding a microphone.
Screengrab from YouTube

“I wanted a life for us,” she told ET. “And we enjoy the park every day and we enjoy each other. As a parent — people get this — you only get so much time until they don’t want to hang out with you.”

Of course, as American Songwriter pointed out, Kelly Clarkson would have been a particularly poignant choice for the show. After all, American Idol is what kickstarted her singing career! However, we totally respect her decision to prioritize her family. In fact, it’s really admirable!

Current judge Luke Bryan has commented on some of the rumors surrounding possible new judges on American Idol to replace Katy Perry.

Katy Perry wearing a strapless gold gown.
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He confirmed that Pink and Miley Cyrus have both come up as potential candidates. He also made it clear that he was ready to work with whoever ABC selected. However, he still has opinions on who would make the best coworker. If he could pick the next judge, he’d go with “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor.

Trainor has made no secret of the fact that she would absolutely love to sit among the judges on American Idol. She’s practically been begging for the job ever since it opened up!

Although we’re not sure when ABC will announce their pick for the next judge on American Idol, it seems like they have plenty of amazing candidates to choose from. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!

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