It surprised more than a few people when Katy Perry signed up to be a judge on ABC’s reboot of American Idol last year. Of course, there was plenty said about the nice payday she’d be receiving, but she told us her decision was about much more than money — after all, she’s made plenty of that from her own music career. She says the biggest selling point for Idol was its ability to let her help aspiring young musicians who are in the same place she was in before the stars aligned for her. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)

American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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