ABC believes Katy Perry is well worth the $25 million salary for her new judging job on its reboot of “American Idol.”
CEO of FremantleMedia North America, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, explained Perry’s importance to the upcomming revival to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
“Katy is in a transition in terms of her own career. It has been shown now what these platforms can do for artists. It has been beneficial to other people, whether it's on 'Idol' or 'The Voice.' But I think she genuinely cares. She auditioned when she was a guest judge on 'Idol' in 2010 and then on the [U.K.] 'X-Factor.' She's brilliant."
While the pop star’s salary may appear staggering, it’s not that jaw dropping in relation to other television shows, according to Frot-Coutaz.
“The show is not more expensive than its competitors in the genre. If other networks can make it work on similar properties, then there's no reason why ABC couldn't,” she said. “This notion that the show [costs] a lot more than any other is completely untrue. We know that because we've made other shows in other genres. ABC wouldn't order something that didn't work for them financially.”
Another big get for the show slated to return in 2018, is original host Ryan Seacrest.
“It was always going to happen. It's hard for Ryan. He's on the East Coast now and had to figure out how to make it work, but he's the hardest-working man in show business, so there will be some flying back and forth,” said Frot-Coutaz. “But, as I said, it was always going to happen. He's the face of 'Idol.'"