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Katy Perry Celebrates Birthday Early with an 'American Idol' Puppy Party!

Katy Perry lets out her excitement upon being presented with a puppy themed party to celebrate her upcoming birthday!

The party was thrown during the latest auditions for American Idol on Friday (October 20) in Nashville, Tenn.

Katy was joined by her fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as the show’s host Ryan Seacrest. Her actual birthday is on October 25.

The Nashville auditions happened the day after Katy played the city on her Witness World Tour. “SMASHVILLE aka Nashville u were an INCREDIBLE time tonight! Thanks for teaching me how 2write a real song & sticking by me all these years,” she tweeted.

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'American Idol' Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Share Thoughts on Las Vegas Shooting on 'GMA'

American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan shared their thoughts on the Las Vegas shooting while making their first appearance together on Good Morning America on Wednesday (October 3) in New York City.

“It’s horrible. I think that everybody feels like their heart has just been ripped out of their chest,” Katy, 32, expressed. “We just don’t know when it’s going to happen again and we’re all trying to figure out the answers. I’m not saying I have the answers, and I pray every day. But the one thing we have to remember is prayer without action is powerless.”

“We have to have some action,” Katy continued. “We have to take an unfortunate, good, hard look at what our rules and our boundaries are with gun reform. No one is saying, ‘Take away your guns,’ but we just don’t necessarily need assault rifles, assault weapons.”

“We see the fans. We look at the faces every night on stage. We live for that,” Lionel, 68, added. “They blow the kisses, they sing every word to us. To think for a moment we are now getting to a stage where live performances are in jeopardy — the worst nightmare we ever have in life is something like that would happen.”

FYI: Katy is wearing a Christopher Kane dress.

Click inside to watch more of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan’s appearance…More Here! »

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'American Idol' Revival - First Official Photo with Judges & Host!

Here’s your first photo of the stars of the American Idol reboot!

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will be sitting on the judges panel, while Ryan Seacrest will be returning to the revival as the host.

The new series is expected to air on Sunday nights beginning in March. The judges panel was just finalized late last month after Katy was announced as the first judge earlier in the year.

WILL YOU BE WATCHING the reboot of American Idol?? Sound off in the comments!

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Ryan Seacrest Shares First Look at Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan on 'American Idol'!

The American Idol reboot begins now!

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are officially shooting the audition episodes for the 2018 relaunch of Idol starting on Tuesday (October 3) in New York City.

Ryan shared a first peek at the three superstars in judge mode in a photo on his Twitter.

“Giving out golden tickets into the night. P.S. I’m hungry #thenextidol” he wrote.

He also posed with a photo of a purse hanging from his Idol chair.

“@lukebryan, @lionelrichie or @katyperry’s? Any guesses? #thenextidol” he joked.

One night before, Katy performed at Madison Square Garden as part of her Witness Tour.

Check out Ryan‘s behind-the-scenes pic below!

Simon Cowell Weighs In On New 'American Idol' Judges

Simon Cowell is sharing what he thinks of the new American Idol judging panel, which was just revealed today.

The 57-year-old television personality spoke out after it was revealed that Katy Perry would be joined by Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

“I genuinely don’t care. Look, in my time, I will tell you the real story on what really happened there and it is an interesting story,” Simon told Extra.

He added, “You can’t recreate what we had before, you know, it was me and it was Paula and Randy and Ryan and it was an amazing chemistry there. When I hear all this talk about casting judges, I have to be honest with you, I think this is where they have it wrong – it doesn’t matter about the judges, it is about the contestants and that is why everything has gone the wrong way right now. You know when we cast Idol, it was done so quickly but the only thing that mattered was, ‘Do you have the right people to help you find the stars?’”

See all that Simon had to say in the video below…

Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Are Officially Joining Katy Perry as 'American Idol' Judges!

Katy Perry‘s finally got company!

After weeks of rumors swirling around the judging table at American Idol, it’s official: Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are joining Katy as judges for the show’s 2018 reboot. Ryan Seacrest will return to host the series as well.

The new judging panel will make their debut appearance together on Good Morning America on Wednesday (October 4).

“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams. To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!” says Luke.

“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol. As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!” says Lionel.

What do you think of the new American Idol judges?

'American Idol' Reboot Reportedly Snags Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie as Judges

  • Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are reportedly set as the second and third judges on American Idol alongside Katy Perry. – TMZ
  • Cody Simpson returns to music with his band, The Tide. – Just Jared Jr
  • Kelly Clarkson remains the best. – Lainey Gossip
  • Lynda Carter wants James Cameron to stop dissing Wonder Woman. – TooFab
  • Taylor Swift has a regret about the “Look What You Made Me Do” video. – MTV
  • This model is proudly embracing her unibrow. – Popsugar