How Will 'American Idol' Handle Live Shows Amid Coronavirus? Katy Perry Is Ready to Get 'Creative'

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Katy Perry in a promo photo for American Idol.

Like everyone in television right now, American Idol is in a pinch. While it had plenty of unseen tape to roll out for Sunday night's two-hour clip show, taking a closer look at the singers who made it into this season's top 20, what will happen when it's time to finally pivot to live shows?

Idol judge Katy Perry took to Facebook for a live chat with fans Sunday night for a quick car sesh, during which she took questions and talked about what the rest of the season might look like. “Well, I think we’re all gonna have to be really creative -- I know we're gonna be very creative and you'll just have to be tuning into that creativity that we are probably going to create from our individual homes,” said Perry, who rocked an Easter bunny costume for the occasion as she answered questions about what's been going on since the show went into quarantine.

The truth is, even Perry seemed unsure of what it might look like. "We'll see how this goes," she promised during the nearly 14-minute chat, her first FB Live.

She added that viewers will just have to tune in to see what she and fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will do when they offer up critiques from their homes for the first time in Idol history during the unprecedented national lockdown. “We’ll see how this goes.” When a fan asked if the pregnant singer would be performing on the ABC show this year, she said, "I hope so. I'd love to."

Idol suspended production a month ago amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic, sending the singers home and preparing a pair of American Idol: This Is Me clip shows that will continue next Sunday. At press time, a spokesperson for Idol could not be reached for comment on what the network's plan is for airing live competition episodes. The show opened its latest round of online auditions last week, with anyone interested in trying out encouraged to go here.

Watch Perry's FB Live chat below.

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