Ryan Seacrest Reveals ‘American Idol’ Season 22 Finale Agenda For Katy Perry’s Farewell

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The much-anticipated finale of American Idol Season 22 is fast approaching, and fans are in for a treat as the show bids adieu to none other than Katy Perry, who is set to exit the series to focus on her music career.

Host Ryan Seacrest recently unveiled some exciting plans for the finale, promising a night filled with celebration and star-studded performances.

Farewell To Katy Perry

As Katy Perry prepares to take her final bow on American Idol, Ryan Seacrest has given fans a glimpse of what to expect during the highly anticipated season 22 finale. With only one episode left for Katy, the upcoming three-hour extravaganza is set to be a fitting send-off for the beloved judge.

Speaking with ET from the Disney and ABC Upfront presentation in New York City, Ryan Seacrest shared that the finale will be a celebration of Katy Perry’s time on the show, complete with multiple performances by the Top 3 finalists as well as special guest appearances.

According to Seacrest, the finale will not only feature Katy’s performance but will also be dedicated to celebrating her contribution to the show. It seems like it’s going to be a night to remember!

“She’s gonna perform, we’re gonna celebrate her all night,” Seacrest revealed. “Then afterwards, I eat fish and vegetables – so she’s taking us for steak…It’s a celebratory night, right?”

“It’s been a fantastic seven years with her, so sad to see her go,” Seacrest continued. “We all know each other very, very well. The judges have such an amazing chemistry but the show, through its existence, has always evolved into the next chapter and we’re gonna do it again.”

Back in February on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Katy made public her choice to depart from the show. She told her fans that after helping to discover new singers, she would be leaving at the end of the current season to pursue new opportunities.

“I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol. I mean I love Idol so much. It’s connected me with the heart of America, but I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat…”

Katy Perry reveals she's leaving American Idol on Jimmy Kimmel.
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Who Will Replace Katy Perry?

With Katy Perry’s departure, speculation has been extensive about who will step into her shoes as the new American Idol judge. Among the names swirling in the rumor mill, Meghan Trainor has emerged as a strong contender. Ryan Seacrest has expressed his admiration for Meghan, highlighting her talent and  humor, and endorsing her as a potential replacement for Katy Perry.

“She was very good. Meghan is a super talent, too, and she’s got a great sense of humor. She’s fun and she’s spontaneous.”

The judges have also expressed their views on who should succeed Katy Perry as the new judge. Lionel Richie mentioned the idea of having Madonna, while Katy Perry herself suggested Jelly Roll as the ideal replacement.

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With Katy Perry’s farewell and the prospect of fresh faces gracing the judging panel, American Idol’s journey continues to captivate audiences, promising unforgettable moments and remarkable talent. Stay tuned for more updates as the excitement unfolds!

The American Idol finale will take place on Sunday, May 19, on ABC.