Meghan Trainor ‘begged’ for Katy Perry’s spot as ‘American Idol’ judge: ‘It’s my dream job’

Meghan Trainor revealed she was clamoring to take Katy Perry’s place on ‘American Idol.’

In February, the 39-year-old “Roar” singer and longtime “American Idol” judge announced she would be leaving the hit singing competition following the conclusion of season 22.

On Wednesday, Trainor, 30, appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” when a fan called in and asked the singer if she was in talks to replace Perry on the show after judge Luke Bryan and the Host Ryan Seacrest both said she would. be great in this role.

“I did every interview in the world and said this is my dream job, and I emailed three great people who work in this world who don’t have really the last word,” Trainor said. “But I begged.”

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Meghan Trainor has her eyes on Katy Perry’s seat on “American Idol.” (Getty)

“I begged for this job,” she continued. “I haven’t received any updates so check my email, but this is my dream job. I want to drive to work on ‘American Idol’ and then go home.”

The Grammy Award winner explained that she was a longtime fan of the show and loved watching the contestants’ journey from their auditions to becoming superstars.

“I love being a part of their process,” Trainor said. “I get way too attached. And it’s like my favorite show. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid.”

“We need to get you on this show. Luke!” Cohen, 56, exclaimed.

“Call someone, hello!,” Trainor said.

Trainor said she “begged” to take over for Perry when the longtime judge leaves the show. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images for ABA)

Trainor has experience as a talent show judge having been on panels for ‘The Four: Battle for Stardom’ in 2018, ‘The Voice UK’ in 2020 and ‘Australian Idol’ in 2023.

After Trainor appeared as a coach on an episode of “American Idol” in April, Bryan and Seacrest discussed the possibility of the “All About That Bass” singer taking over for Perry.

“I think Meghan has always been a lot of fun. You know, that’s kind of her brand, having fun,” Bryan told Entertainment Tonight. “[She’s] really witty, so definitely.

In February, Perry announced that she would be leaving the show. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

“She was very good,” Seacrest said of Trainor. “Meghan is also super talented and has a great sense of humor. She’s fun and spontaneous.”

Kelly Clarkson, the original winner of “American Idol,” previously said she has no plans to return to the show after leaving her coaching role on rival series “The Voice.”

“No. No. I can’t do that, only because I promised my kids. I was like, ‘I want to be there as much as possible,'” Clarkson explained with “Entertainment tonight” at the Daytime Emmy Awards. “And that would put me in Los Angeles, and that’s why I had to leave ‘The Voice’.”

Perry served as a judge alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie while Ryan Seacrest hosted the show. (Eric McCandless/Disney via Getty Images)

Perry expressed support for country star Jelly Roll to take his place following his appearance as a guest mentor on “American Idol.”

“I have to say, Jelly Roll was crazy when he came on the show,” Perry told E! News in May. “I believed in everything he said. He could run for president. He could be my pastor. I could go back to church for him. He could sell me anything.”

Along with Bryan and fellow judge Lionel Richie, Perry thought Jelly would be a natural fit to help mentor the young performers on stage.

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Perry has previously said she supports Jelly Roll to replace her. (Jason Kemp’s)

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“Having one of these guys and Jelly on the show would be amazing. I love you, Jelly!” she says.

Perry added, “I want someone who tells the truth. I want someone who isn’t afraid to tell the truth with grace.”

Meanwhile, Jelly Roll admitted he would do anything to be part of the competition series.

“I’ll go clean theThe American Idol bathroom if they wanted it, I’m in it,” he told E! News.

In May, ABC announced that the network had renewed “American Idol” for a 23rd season.

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