Katy Perry will reportedly pocket $25 million (£19.2 million) for her new role as a judge on the revamped American Idol. "I'm Katy Perry and I'm not just one thing". TMZ reported just how lucrative of a deal she would be receiving. "If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they'd be screwed".
Five years ago, TMZ reported that Perry rejected a $20 million offer to judge "Idol". Based on the first three singles - "Chained to the Rhythm", "Bon Appétit", and "Swish Swish" - Perry has evolved her sound, partly inspired by the transformative time in between albums.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ABC's reality chief Robert Mills justified the heavy spending. "I mean I know you can see me, but can you really see me?" she begins the intimate video.
Perry's zig zagging road to Witness has another detour: an album trailer that responds to the question, "Katy, what are you doing?" with a bizarrely defensive tone. He also mentioned they "we're pulling out all the stops to make "Idol" bigger and better than ever".
The network is still attempting to lure longtime host Ryan Seacrest to the series with a similarly sizeable offer.
Executives at ABC - which won a bidding war earlier this month to bring back "American Idol" - wanted to secure a big-name personality for the show ahead of last week's upfront presentations.
The show's most famous judging line-up was Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban in the judges' chairs for the final season on Fox.
The series, produced by Fremantle Media, is due to premiere in the United States in early 2018, with a local broadcaster yet to be confirmed.