“American Idol” and ABC made it official Tuesday … they’ve bagged Katy Perry¬†to be the lead judge when the show returns next year.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey made the announcement Tuesday — as we first told you she would — at the network’s Upfronts in NYC. Katy wasn’t there for the big reveal, but said in a statement she was “honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true.”

The network didn’t have anything else to say about its ‘Idol’ reboot.

According the the Idol Team ” we no longer need any A-List celebrity Singers now that we have Katy” . Needless to say, big things are approching on the horizon for American Idol.

Stay tuned.

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