'American Idol' exclusive: Avril Lavigne joins Katy Perry as guest judge in L.A.

avrilpop_lAvril Lavigne and Katy Perry will join the growing list of singers and entertainers serving as guest judges on season 9 of American Idol, EW.com has learned exclusively. Sources close to the show say Lavigne and Perry will each spend one day critiquing singing hopefuls when the show films its callback audition episode in Los Angeles; the latter singer was confirmed as an Idol sub several weeks ago, but had not been scheduled. Other names confirmed to fill the seat formerly held by Paula Abdul during season 9 include Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Neil Patrick Harris, Shania Twain, Kristin Chenoweth, and Joe Jonas.


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  • Kath

    Transcript of my thoughts reading this list:

    “Avril Lavigne! …ugh, Katy Perry. Hmm. Victoria Beckham. Mary J. Blige…! NEIL PATRICK HARRIS! …KRISTIN CHENOWETH! OMG! BEST SEASON EV – joe jonas. ugh.”

    • LizzieLemonic

      What is people’s problem with Joe Jonas?! LOL. He’s AWESOME! Don’t knock him til you’ve seen & heard him live in concert (on TV doesn’t count).

      • to lizzie

        If he is that bad on TV I can only imagine how awful he is live.

      • Kailyn

        oh my god YES!the jobros are great in concert and they are great guys in general!

      • msteuver

        are you 12 or something?

    • jENNA

      KRISTIN CHENOWETH!!!! Holy sh*t! They got someone who can actually sing, and is likeable, and did I mention can sing all of the other guest stars under a table. Hell she could sing underwater with marbles in her mouth and still sound better than most, if not all, of the other guest judges

      • Cynical Rancid Karma

        And she can sing:)

  • Jason S

    PLease Please PLease give COurtney Love a shot. I would hire her in a minute. No other artist has her combination of credibility, musical knowledge, brains and train wreck factor.

    You want to see good reality television hire Courtney Love as fulltime judge.

    • smilie12

      I agree with you that it would be interesting to see Courtney Love get a shot at the judge position. She would certainly be better than some of the choices made so far.

      • Ben

        Agree with you 100%! Hole was a great band and she’d be really entertaining on the show! I know that because I’m watching her on the Pamela Anderson roast on Comedy Central right now and she’s crazyin’ it up.

    • not feeling the love

      I’m not sure how a drug addled anorexic would do as a judge. Oh wait, we know. We had Paula.

    • Quirky

      For full train wreck potential they should have her on one of the live broadcasts.

    • Diane

      Oh, wow! Courtney Love would definitely make MustSee TV!!!

  • Nessa

    I agree and Disagree with Kath, but we all are entitled to our opinions!! :)

    So I’m like super excited for this seasons (auditions!) I seriously thought this season was going to be lame without Paula but with the all the celebrity judges that have been invited… including the AWESOME Joe Jonas!!… I think things are looking up!
    (I’m still worried though about what happens when the auditions are over!)

  • EWsucksNOW

    Too bad for EW that it wasn’t Jon or Kate Gosselin….I know you’d like that more.

  • Snagger

    I am just so depressed that Paula isn’t coming back. I couldn’t care less about the guest judges. And now I will have to mute that horribly annoying Kara all season! UGH! Shame on IDOL for losing Paula!

  • sara

    oh good gawd, another guest judge who CANNOT SING! how clueless are the AI producers?? really!

    • Snsetblaze

      Agree. The guest judges should be people with more longlevity or credibility in the music business (and who can sing). Mary Blige fits that bill to a T and I’m not even a fan of hers. Kristen Chenoworth comes close since her experience is musical theater (and Christmas music) but I’m a fan. The rest – not so much. (Though I do love NPH). What about people like Cyndi Lauper, Mariah Carey, Amy Ray or Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, George Michael, Shriley Manson from Garbage, Sara McLaughlin, the lead singers of certain bands like Live or Collective Soul?

      • Snsetblaze

        Oh yeah, what about Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart?

      • to snsetblaze

        You are missing the connection here. If you say Avril is another girl who can’t sing (I disagree) then she is exactly the right girl. If her music sells, and Brit sells, and others like her sells, then they know what the people want. So your arguement is not appropriate for this show.

      • Tizzy

        You want THE INDIGO GIRLS to be on AI?!?!? Are you kidding me? I don’t think that the producers of AI are aching to cater to the pathetic, unhygienic, wannabe pseudo-intellectual, tree-hugging crowd.

    • MultiPass

      Avril’s music might be annoying but the girl has chops. She is technically a very good singer, but is stylistically bound to her image. when they were trying to figure out what to do with her, they tried out country, pop, rock and R&B. She almost went country but the harder edged pop won out.

      She’s a manufactured star, for sure, but the girl can definitely sing.

    • Cleo

      Uh, you haven’t seen Avril live in concert! She’s amazing!!! And entertaining, she’d be good for the show!

  • Brian C.

    I actually like this. Can we have two guest judges and get rid of Kara? I think that’s a fair trade for losing Paula.

    • Jennifer

      I’d get rid of Randy before Kara. Randy is completely useless.

      • Samantha

        I disagree, get rid of Kara can’t stand her. The show hasn’t been good for a while.

      • to jenn

        aight dawg. I’m feeling you. You could read the phone book, aiiight.

      • me

        I agree. For me, for you – the Dawg has to go!

  • MD

    ick -ick and ick

  • Ben

    As much as I think that Avril Lavigne is mentally deficient (don’t believe me? Listen to the sophomoric dreck, a.k.a. “the lyrics”, to ‘Sk8ter Boi’), I for the life of me, cannot stand Katy Perry. She can’t sing, she can’t perform, and she is the most artificial and synthetic “artist” I have ever seen. Please, AI producers, reconsider!!!!

  • Sydney

    Yikes!!! Last year was not very good at all. I won’t be watching. Poor choices!!!

    • Ashley G.

      I agree, AI has not been good since Carrie Underwood won, and I will not be watching this season. I can’t stand Cara.

  • CJ

    feel sorry for anyone who’s going to have to stand in front of avril for judgement. just doesn’t seem right from that talentless screaming brat.

    • Shana

      eek! I know. Avril is a disgrace to all Canadians and she sounds TERRIBLE live

      • Marcus

        Speak for yourself.Every stop on the Canadian part of her tour last year was packed to capacity.She could have sold out Toronto,Montreal,etc three times over.She owns Asia,Latin America,and has huge followings in parts of Europe.Get your facts straight.

      • get your syntax right

        Shana was not reporting facts, she was expressing personal opinions.

      • Robin

        Avril sounds great live, but Katy is terrible.

      • Ben

        I’m glad others abhor Katy Perry, too.

        Did you know that Adam Lambert says that he thinks that she’s “a genius”?!?!!?!?! A GENIUS!!!!!!!

        I mean, that’s so warped I think that he may need his runner-up AI status to be revoked.

  • Billy

    Honestly – crappy show, crappy judge – want to hear a talented singer with decent music? – listen to Renee Olstead

    • faith

      hekaty doesnt sound bad and honestly jst because adam thinks that katy is a genius doesnt mean
      he should be revoked!!!

  • waynob

    Sounds like a humdinger of a year. NOT.

  • Harold Barker

    Watched American Idol since it started but, NO MORE. America Got Talent has it top. As far as Kara as a judge,I agree with everyone else for I can’t stand Kara also.Best juge left now is still one N only Simon

  • Julie E.

    Why are they hiring Avril Lavigne?!? She’s never written a song on her own, she’s always acted like a brat, and her star is fading. Although I suppose she’s more successful than Paula ever was at her music career.

    Katy Perry is another ridiculous choice. She’s put out ONE album. No one knows if she’ll have any success beyond it. She may be a flash in the pan, created by producers. So how is she qualified to judge others?

    And don’t even get me started on Posh Spice.

    S8 was the first season I’d watched in years, and I thought all the judges were so moronic that I vowed not to watch again this year. This lineup of guest “judges” is not changing my mind.

    • Alshervril

      have you ever tried to read any articles related to Avril??
      hmm..mybe ur not a fan of her..but
      Actually, she already had a lot of songs..that she Originlly Composed..
      Piz Girl…

    • Robin

      Avril wrote all her songs with a little help by other people.

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