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Katy Perry, the vibrant and energetic judge we’ve come to love on American Idol, had a tearful moment during the show’s season finale on Sunday, May 19. As Abi Carter was crowned the winner, Perry couldn’t hold back her emotions. It was a poignant end to her incredible journey on the show.

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan on ‘American Idol.’.

Perry, 39, has been a cornerstone of the American Idol revival since she joined the panel alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie back in 2018. Over the years, she has charmed viewers with her witty comments, colorful outfits, and genuine passion for music. But as Carter sang Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?”, the reality of her departure hit hard. Perry hugged Bryan and Richie, tears streaming down her face, marking the end of an era.

The season finale was a rollercoaster of emotions, not just for Perry, but for all the fans who have watched her guide countless contestants towards their dreams. Carter’s win over finalists Will Moseley and Jack Blocker was the climax of a night filled with stunning performances and heartfelt moments.

Earlier this year, Perry announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that this season would be her last on American Idol. She hinted at exciting new projects, including new music, that she plans to dive into later in 2024. “I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol,” Perry said. “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, you know what I’m saying, Jimmy?”

Her co-judges, Bryan and Richie, shared their feelings about Perry’s departure. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Bryan revealed that Perry’s exit wasn’t a complete surprise. “I had heard whispers that she was thinking about it — it wasn’t, like, a huge shock,” he said. “It’s been a good run with Katy, and she and I have developed a great friendship. I mean, heck, I was there before her daughter was born, and now her daughter is three years old.”

Katy Perry.

Richie echoed these sentiments, telling PEOPLE that the trio had become like family. “We’ve kind of developed a little family, and what’s happening now is that we keep talking about her leaving, but it hasn’t registered yet,” Richie said. “So I think as it goes on, Luke and I will probably get together and realize that we’re going to kidnap her.”

Katy Perry’s journey on American Idol has been filled with laughter, tears, and unforgettable moments. Her emotional farewell is a testament to the impact she has had on the show and its contestants. As we bid goodbye to Perry on Idol, we look forward to the next chapter in her vibrant career.

American Idol airs on ABC, but it won’t be the same without Katy Perry’s infectious energy and heartfelt critiques. Thank you, Katy, for all the memories. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

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