2 ‘American Idol’ Judges Preparing for King Charles’ Coronation Concert

The American Idol judges on Season 21.


American Idol” judge Katy Perry‘s extensive resume includes performing at the 2015 Super Bowl, appearing four times on “Saturday Night Live” and singing at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She even played at the grand reopening of the flagship Tiffany & Co. store on April 27 in New York City.

She’ll add another high-profile event to her list of achievements on May 7, when she performs at King Charles III’s coronation concert at Westminster Abbey. The lineup will also include fellow “American Idol” judge Lionel Richie, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli and other acts.

The coronation will be held on May 6 and is the formal celebratory and religious ceremony in which the new sovereign officially takes the coronation oath. King Charles and his wife, Camilla, now the Queen Consort, rose to the throne on September 8 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Katy Perry Is ‘Grateful’ for the Opportunity

Appearing on “Access Hollywood,” Perry said she was “so grateful” to be asked to take part in the festivities, adding that it means even more to be asked because she has songs that “support” the ceremony.

“I’m going there to represent myself as an ambassador and just to bring the light and the love,” she said. “That’s all I ever want to bring.”

Perry is an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, which is one of the royal foundations, Reuters reported in 2020. The foundation was created to combat child trafficking, which Perry told “Access Hollywood” is “massive” and “horrible.” Perry also represents UNICEF.

Perry provided more information about the May 7 concert in an interview with “Extra,” revealing that she was asked to stay at Windsor Castle, near the home of Prince William and the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton. In that interview, she also said that the invite arrived in the mail in a “very regal” manner.

Lionel Richie Will Join Katy Perry at the Event

“Access Hollywood” also caught up with Richie after the April 23 Top 20 episode of “American Idol.” Richie will join Perry at the coronation concert. He has served as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity led by now-King Charles with the goal of helping young people.

“I’ve known King Charles for a while,” Richie said. “We have a vibe. … But the beautiful part about it is I have the invitation, we’re gonna go and represent, and more importantly, I’m just walking in history at this point. This does not happen every day. I’m very happy for them as a father and as a brother that I’ve known for quite some time. I’m happy for this moment in his life.”

In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Richie said that the concert will be “off the charts,” but he remained tight-lipped regarding details of his performance the event.

“There’s more secrecy than you’ve ever imagined in your life,” he said to the outlet.

Both judges, along with Luke Bryan, will return to the “American Idol” stage on April 30 and May 1 for the next two live shows in which the Top 12 will compete for a position in the Top 10. The group of contestants will play songs that honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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