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Katy Perry Wants Charlie Puth to Judge Alongside Her on ‘American Idol’

Katy Perry and Charlie Puth
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Just last week, it was rumored that American Idol producers were struggling to lock down any more celebrity judges for its panel aside from Katy Perry. The pop star, however, seems to have her own ideas as to who would make a great co-judge.

Speaking with OG American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his On Air With Ryan Seacrest radio show Wednesday (August 23), the “Swish Swish” singer dished on her upcoming role as a judge on the iconic TV singing competition.

“I’m going to maybe be more the Simon Cowell,” Perry quipped. “I really respect him. As much as people said, ‘Oh, he’s grumpy or he’s mean,’ he was just truthful, you know? He’s seen it. I don’t need to be there to win the popular race.”

As for the panel, the pop star said she’d love to have Charlie Puth sit next to her.

“Charlie, I think, is an interesting play because Charlie Puth is someone new to the general public of America. Obviously he has his own big fan base, but I think he’s really talented,” she explained. “He’s a writer, he’s a producer, he’s young, he’s hip, he’s fresh.”

Meanwhile, she’s also gunning for music icon Lionel Richie.

“I’m really pulling for Lionel, because I think Lionel is an icon, and not only that, but if you’ve ever met Lionel, he just knows how to charm the whole room. I love Lionel,” she gushed.

Hopefully Perry’s wishes will come true. And if not, can’t we just call Paula Abdul?

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