Luke Bryan came to his fellow man’s defense american idol judge Katy Perry after a season of backlash against the “Firework” singer.
Perry, who has served as a judge on the hit reality show since 2018, has come under fire this season for some of the comments she has made towards contestants. At one point, she was even booed by the live audience for telling singer Nutsa Buzaladze to tone down the glitter.
Talking to Fox NewsBryan said Perry has “dealt with things like this her whole career,” noting that he understands why viewers have such strong reactions to them on the show.
“We all get it,” Bryan said. “I mean, we judge the kids that people at home fall in love with. We will not beat 1,000 as judges. I think we’re getting along. As judges, you know, we fall on our sword a lot of times and we’re set up in such a way that people can get very vocal on social media and stuff.”
“My thing is, when me, Lionel and Katy sit down at the desk, in our hearts, we do the best we can,” he added.
One moment that drew criticism this season was when Perry joked with contestant Sarah Beth Liebe, a mother of three, that she was “sitting on the table too much.”
Liebe, who later left the show, made a TikTok video accusing the “Dark Horse” hitmaker of “mother shaming.” However, Liebe later praised the show and hinted that she and Perry had patched things up.
“Katy is getting in trouble for going out and trying to have fun doing a TV show,” Bryan continued. “You can’t be so sure when you’re so homogenized; you can never go for a joke. Or go for a fun time. Sometimes you just have to say things. It might be my year next year.”
He concluded: “It makes me appreciate her even more, how much she’s had to deal with her whole career.”