“American Idol” Trying To Fill Paula Abdul’s Hollywood-Week Seat With The Most Annoying People Possible

Sep 2nd, 2009 // 9 Comments

Next month will bring American Idol‘s called-back hopefuls to Los Angeles for the round of auditions that is known among fans of the show as “Hollywood Week,” and given that Paula Abdul is still adamant about not going back to the people who disrespected her, the producers need an extra body to warm the seat next to Simon Cowell. Who out there is most qualified to judge the voices of this country’s latest crop of televised-singing-competition wannabes? I know! How about two pop stars who are known more for their sartorial schtickiness and fake-edgy “personas” than their severely lacking voices?


Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne, come on down!


Yes, Entertainment Weekly‘s Idol watcher Michael Slezak has learned that both Perry and Lavigne will pop in for a day of judging duty during Hollywood Week next month; Perry’s presence behind the judging-table’s Coke cups was teased last month, but it was initially rumored that she’d be judging one of the pre-Hollywood callback weeks. Odd choices for sure, given that neither star can really, y’know, sing. Perhaps the producers wanted to get people who would say “outrageous” things because they needed someone to bring up the judges’ table’s sadly depleted “wackiness” quotient? Or maybe they want to branch out into more merchandising, and figure that Perry can get started on making her capes for her favorite contestants early?


‘American Idol’ exclusive: Avril Lavigne joins Katy Perry as guest judge in L.A. [EW]
Related: Katy Perry… Live In Hollywood!

  1. Did I imagine Kelly Clarkson was going to do this as well or do I read too much idolator?

  2. @dusty vinyl: she was supposed to!

  3. Was Paula Abdul a great singer? Sure she was good, but was she Randy Jackson or Simon Cowell good?

  4. @k-rex: She had charisma.

  5. Straight Up and Opposites Attract and Vibeology and Blowing Kisses In The Wind are all like a kajillion times better than any Perry or Lavigne songs are.

  6. @bcapirigi: I’ll give you “Straight Up” and especially “Blowing Kisses” (her underpraised masterpiece), but otherwise I gotta back up k-rex here. I grew to appreciate Paula because she grew into the role, but homegirl never really could sing.

    (cf. Chris Rock)

  7. I have to give American Idol tons of credit for making this intriguing…I’ve never watched the show (of course I tend to read the coverage in the blogs and such so I am well aware) but the premiere episodes of the show this season are gonna have to be huge.

    Nothing could have made me bat an eyelash in the show’s direction apart from the inclusion of my favorite Jonas.

    I’ll endure (and I expect in a few cases – Mary J.B., Kelly C., Neil P. H. – very much ENJOY) the rest of the guests. Brilliant.

  8. Also, “fake-edgy”…I’ll be using that. Nothing annoys me more on the pop landscape today….oh look over there, a Tokio Hotel post! Etcetera.

  9. Anyone in the Sony/BMG circle is apparently going to be a judge to try and hock their new music abominations . Perry is on Capitol, but she is still in that horrible DioGuardi circle of poop.

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