The new season of Fox's "American Idol" just got significantly less bouncy.
According to TMZ, Katy Perry has declined an incredible $20 million offer to become a permanent judge on the upcoming season.
"Idol" producers reportedly pursued the buoyant starlet for weeks, eager to get her to fill one of the judge's chairs recently vacated by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. The offer started at a paltry $18 million but gradually inflated to the $20 million number as the singer continued to express disinterest.
Perry reportedly made it very clear to producers that her schedule would make it impossible for her to join the show this coming season and that she simply didn't feel that it was the right career choice at this time in her career (read: not washed up/desperate enough yet).
The singer occupied a guest-judge role in the show's ninth season during its audition process, providing some highly entertaining catty exchanges with musical peer and fellow judge Kara Dioguardi. No doubt similar sparks would have flown had she sat opposite diva judge Mariah Carey. Carey has already expressed displeasure at the potential for Nicki Minaj joining the judge’s panel, so who knows what her reaction to Perry and her potential $20 million payday might be?