- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 2:48PM
The Chained to the Rhythm hitmaker was announced as one of the panelists on the rebooted talent show last week and it has now emerged the 32-year-old singer was able to land a bumper pay deal as ABC executives were so determined to sign up a big name as head judge before their Upfronts presentation last week.
A source told TMZ: "Katy had all the leverage. If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they'd be screwed."
Katy Perry will be paid $25 million US ($35,728,000 NZ) to judge American Idol. Talk about a fat f**king paycheck!
Katy was said to have rejected a $20 US million offer to be a judge on the show in 2012.
Insiders also revealed to the website that host Ryan Seacrest is "on the verge" of signing a deal to return to present the talent contest, though it's unclear if he'll beat his previous $15 million-a-season contact.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.