“Katy Perry has been worse than anyone ever could have imagined on American Idol,” an insider says.
Contrary to popular belief, added the source, the judges don’t write their own lines for the show, and their personal opinions “absolutely aren’t scripted.”
“This is proving to be a huge issue for Katy because she literally has no clue what to say to any of the contestants,” noted the source.
“During auditions, Katy has appeared to be completely at a loss as to what she should say,” continued the source.
“Her feedback and interactions with contestants are flat, and at times, very, very awkward.”
“Along with constantly being late, this is not a very good indication of the show’s reboot success,” said the source. “It’s a complete train wreck!”
A rep for Perry did not respond to request for comment.
Katy held nothing back as she attacked her fellow American Idol judge, Lionel Richie on live television on a recent Jimmy Kimmell appearance.
She told Jimmy that while she and Luke are very close, like brother and sister, Lionel is more of an uncle.
“We respect him just about as much as his kids respect him. Which is not a lot.”
Katy took another jab at Lionel, saying that when he talks to contestants about the infamous artists he’s worked with, including Whitney Houston, his comments are more like “TED Talks,” which are usually about an hour long.
The rebooted show premiered on Sunday, March 11, to mixed reviews.
The new season is also clouded by Ryan Seacrest‘s recent sexual harassment scandal. Sources previously told Radar that American Idol producers were “nervous” about how the allegations would affect the show’s ratings.