AMERICAN IDOL Reboot Struggles to Find Celebrity Judges to Join Katy Perry
The AMERICAN IDOL reboot continues to have problem after problem. After failing to score their own alum, Kelly Clarkson, as a judge after she signed with THE VOICE and after seeing a low turnout at their Oakland auditions, AMERICAN IDOL might have to delay taping, as reported by TMZ.
So far, the show has confirmed that Ryan Seacrest will be back to host and that Katy Perry will serve as a judge. However, they may not be able to secure Perry anymore, even when they've paid her $25 million, as they have failed to acquire 2 or 3 more judges for the panel. With Perry's Witness tour quickly approaching, the show looks like it will have to delay.
Sources say that producers are nowhere close to seating judges at the table. They wish to score country superstar Luke Bryan as the second judge, but the singer is looking for more money. The producers are not even thinking about judge #3 (and possibly a judge #4) as they work through negotiations.
Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and Keith Urban were all names thrown into the ring to be possible judges, but none of them have come to fruition. According to a previous report from TMZ, Richie asked for $10 million, which was double what AMERICAN IDOL offered.
The producers will have to scramble to record taped auditions with a full panel of judges while working through their money problems. With Katy Perry's first tour date happening on September 19 in Montreal, it looks like we could be waiting a long time for the reboot to actually happen.