Emotional Katy Perry Says Goodbye to ‘Idol’ After 7 Seasons

Katy Perry.
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Katy Perry has left the constructing.

The “Roar” singer bought emotional through the season 22 finale of American Idol on Sunday, Could 19, as she bowed out of the hit singing competitors after seven seasons.

Perry, 39, was noticed crying as season 22 winner Abi Carter closed the present together with her profitable efficiency — a canopy of Billie Eilish’s Oscar-winning monitor, “What Was I Made For?” — as fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan wrapped their arms round her.

Earlier than Carter was introduced because the winner, there have been loads of candy moments to mark Perry’s seven years on Idol.

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Perry collaborated with finalist Jack Blocker to carry out her tune, “What Makes a Girl,” lifted from her 2020 album, Smile. For the efficiency, Perry wore a gown adorned with the faces of a number of the Idol contestants she has judged over the previous seven years.

This yr’s contestants returned the love as the ladies who made the highest 12 carried out a medley of Perry’s best hits, together with “Roar,” “Teenage Dream,” “Darkish Horse,” and “California Gurls.”

Perry regarded on whereas nibbling a slice of pizza. On the finish of the efficiency, she hopped up on the desk and took within the applause from the viewers, contestants, host Ryan Seacrest, and her fellow judges.

On X, Perry shared some behind-the-scenes particulars from her remaining night time. “A pizza my coronary heart will at all times be on the #idol stage,” she captioned a video of her throwing pizza into the gang.

Perry’s finale outfit additionally paid homage to her time on Idol. The star wore a gold metallic breastplate that includes seven roses — one for every season she has appeared on.

“🥀 7 roses for 7 seasons 🥀 #idol,” she captioned the put up.

Perry, who joined Idol together with Richie and Bryan when it moved to ABC in 2018, first introduced her Idol departure throughout an look on Jimmy Kimmel Reside in February.

“I feel this in all probability might be my final present, my final season for Idol,” she mentioned. “I imply, I really like Idol a lot. It’s related me with, like, the guts of America, however I really feel like I have to exit and really feel that pulse to my very own beat, you what I’m saying?”

“I really like the present a lot,” she added. “However I wanna go and see the world and possibly convey new music. Possibly I’ll come again in the event that they’ll have me someday.”