There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to judging on American Idol, but Katy Perry slays.
We’re clearly not in the old days of Idol where Simon demolishes unknown artists, while his sidekicks soften the blows. These days, the complexities of judging evolve with the times.
During a listening session with the remaining contestants Katy Perry opened up about how she, Lionel, and Luke approach judging. She touches on how they don’t say outright that they dislike a performance.
“We can steer a little bit by our critiques — if we were to say on any given night, ‘Oh, that was a horrible performance,’ I think you would see that in the voting,” Katy explained. “That’s why we like to be, sometimes, a little vague with our constructive criticism because I think we still have influence a bit.”
This season’s top 8 American Idol contestants were decided on Sunday, but the judges weren’t exactly blown away.
During the listening session, Katy and Luke shared the opinion that some contestants may have chosen the wrong tracks. Katy then clarified, “And we can say that because we’re off voting.”
For Katy judging is a balancing act, where she decides her best response for both, the contestant and the show. Her job is to tell the truth about the performance without altering the voting. She explains how the hard truth can be invaluable for an up and coming artist.
“I mean, one of the only reasons why I’m here is because I had a mentor when I first got to L.A. who was helping me develop my songwriting that was telling me the truth.”
She goes on to explain how those experiences can be hard to face, but may be necessary to have a successful future.
For more, tune into American Idol Sunday at 5pm.