Katy Perry Wants To Duet With Carrie Underwood

Perry dubbed this artist “the queen of country.”

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 1, 2023

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Katy Perry; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless, Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

Katy Perry revealed that if she could pick any former ‘American Idol’ winner to collaborate with, she’d choose Carrie Underwood, a female songstress who has taken the industry by storm since her time on the singing competition.

While hanging out with some adorable furry friends on Buzzfeed’s Puppy Interview, the Idol judge revealed why this country star is on her list of potential artists to get in the studio with.

“Just because I haven’t done a collab with any female country stars yet,” Perry shared. “She’s like the queen of country, so that’s cool. And she’s glam.” 

The “Before He Cheats” singer was crowned the Season 4 winner of American Idol in 2005. At the time, she had ventured from Oklahoma to Hollywood with a dream that took her all the way to the finals.

Following her win, Underwood quickly rose to fame as her debut single, “Inside Your Heaven,” made her the first country music artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This was just the beginning of all the success the country superstar would come to find in her career and her many achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author. 

She has sold more than 85 million records worldwide, recorded 28 No. 1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), is the most-awarded female country artist for singles in RIAA history, and has seven albums that are certified Multi-Platinum or Platinum by the RIAA. On top of all this, the eight-time GRAMMY winner has also sold out arena tours across North America and the UK.

Underwood returned to her roots when she appeared as a mentor on Season 20 of Idol.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

If a collaboration between Perry and Underwood were to come to fruition, it wouldn’t be the popstar’s first time dipping her toes in the country music industry. In 2022, she also joined Thomas Rhett on the title track to his latest album, “Where We Started.” 

While making this duet wasn’t originally in the cards, it turned out to be a memorizing delivery of the uplifting narrative that features a genre-bending set of vocals backed by its pop/country production.

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Katy Perry and her fellow Idol judges, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan recently wrapped up the Season 21 of the singing competition show. During the star-studded finale episode on Sunday (May 21), Iam Tongi was crowned the newest winner. 

This marked the “Dark Horse” singer’s fifth year serving as a judge on the ABC series. For the finale night of the 2023 season, Perry took the stage alongside contestant, Haven Madison to perform the rising artist’s original song,  “Still Need You.”

Together, they took hold of the tear-jerking narrative that was originally written in honor of Madison’s brother as a result of his struggle with depression growing up. The crowd’s cheers can be heard in the background as they continued to showcase their soul-stirring vocals while seamlessly transitioning back and forth between Madison’s original track and Perry’s own song, “By the Grace of God.”

It was recently announced that American Idol has been renewed by ABC and will return for Season 22 next year. However, it has yet to be confirmed whether or not Richie, Bryan and Perry will all return as judges. However, based on their close-knit bond and undeniable chemistry, it looks promising that they will all find themselves back on set in 2024. 

“When you get three knuckleheads that have careers solid in their own right, getting a chance to get our egos out of the way, where we just allow the kids to shine, and it’s not about us per se, is the best,” Richie recently Parade. “What I’m loving the most is that I can actually play with this superstar [Luke] and that other superstar [Katy], and we all don’t take it personal, and that’s what makes the element work for the kids. Because the more honest we can be with them and ourselves, they get to see how we really want them to act.”

Luke Bryan, Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie; Photo by American Idol, ABC
Luke Bryan, Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie; Photo by American Idol, ABC

As for Katy Perry’s personal music career, she is currently in the midst of her Las Vegas Residency, KATY PERRY: PLAY. This run of shows kicked off May 12 and is slated to run at Resorts World Theatre through November 4. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.