Katy Perry has been criticised for heavily teasing American Idol contestants in order to create more drama on the ABC show.
During Sunday night’s episode, Katy was tasked with informing some of the top 24 singers that they’d made it through to the next round.
The 38-year-old used this as an opportunity to create suspense, telling some of the aspiring musicians that they were actually not proceeding in the competition.
She told one talented performer Nutsa Buzaladze: ‘We have really appreciated you being in this competition and we did not put you in the Top 24.’
An upset Nutsa told the judge that it was ‘okay’ before trickster Katy added: ‘You put yourself in that top 24. Nutsa, you put yourself in that top 24 with your incredible talent!’
A confused Nutsa naturally needed some further explanation, which Katy provided telling her: ‘We didn’t put you in there, you did. As confusing as it seems you’re going to the top 24!’
Katy used a similar tactic when informing Zachariah Smith that he had also made it from the top 48 into the top 24.
‘You will be going home,’ she told the artist. Once again she provided a happy plot twist by continuing with: ‘To pack your bags to come back to the top 24!’
Fans quickly took to social media to react to Katy’s unique delivery.
One person wrote: ‘If they didn’t have trauma before, they do now with @katyperry delivering top 24 news. Lol.’
Another added: ‘Is it just me or does it bug anyone else that Katy Perry keeps trolling people about whether they made it to the top 24 or not? I feel it’s cruel to make them think they aren’t going through….. and then say, Yeah, you made it!’
However, some people enjoyed her communication style.
One person wrote: ‘My favorite part of American idol top #24 reveal is Katy Perry messing with people before telling them they’re in and using phrases that makes them think they’re not in.’
At least she wasn’t telling people who were going home that they were staying – now that would be cruel!
The singers advanced in the competition after making it through the Showstoppers round, which required them to perform with a live band for the first time.
Now that they’ve successfully reached the top 24 it will be up to the American public to decide who continues in the competition, rather than the judges.
Katy is joined on the panel by Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
American Idol airs on ABC in the US.
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