Jelly Roll humorously stated that he’s “accepted the job” to potentially replace Katy Perry on American Idol, though he clarified that he hasn’t actually been offered the position yet.

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The country artist responded to Katy Perry’s suggestion that he could replace her on ‘American Idol’ after she announced her departure from the show.

Country star Jelly Roll expressed his readiness to join the judges’ table on American Idol if a spot opens up. Katy Perry, a current judge on the show, mentioned Jelly Roll as her top choice for her replacement during an interview with E! News. She praised his charisma and impact during his appearance on the show, jokingly suggesting he could run for president or be her pastor. Perry also expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of Jelly Roll joining the American Idol team, affectionately declaring her admiration for him.

Jelly Roll expressed his eagerness to step into Katy Perry’s spot next to judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan on American Idol. In an interview with Audacy, when asked if he would consider replacing Perry, Jelly Roll humorously replied, “Of course! Consider?! I’ve accepted the job, and they haven’t offered it,” emphasizing his readiness and enthusiasm for the opportunity.


Jelly Roll, the Grammy-nominated artist who recently appeared on American Idol as a guest mentor and performer, had a positive response to Katy Perry’s supportive comments. After encountering Perry backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in April, where he won awards for best new artist in pop and country categories, Jelly Roll shared Perry’s encouragement to replace her on American Idol during a private conversation.

Reflecting on this interaction, Jelly Roll appreciated Perry’s consistency in her public and private support. He admired her sincerity, noting that some people might praise you in private but not support you publicly. Jelly Roll expressed gratitude for Perry’s endorsement, emphasizing his respect and affection for her.

Katy Perry announced her departure from American Idol after seven seasons during a February appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She expressed her love for the show and its connection with the heart of America but indicated a desire to pursue her own path and new projects, including new music.

Meanwhile, Jelly Roll recently accomplished his first 5K run on May 7, with his wife Bunnie Xo cheering him on. He has upcoming performances scheduled at several music festivals this summer before launching his Beautifully Broken Tour in August. Additionally, Jelly Roll is nominated in four categories at the 2024 ACM Awards, where he will also perform alongside artists like Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and Chris Stapleton. The ACM Awards ceremony is set for May 16.

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