This year, 2018, ABC brought back the music competition Fox had set aside, and I found myself glad that it was back. The judges this year are Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and then Katy Perry. Katy is the flashiest of the three. She is funny and genuinely interested in the contestants, and as I watch her engage the fledgling singers week after week, I am intrigued.
The questions that roil my mind center on the dynamic between her and God. “Didn’t she grow up in church? Isn’t her dad a pastor?” I know those answers; yes and yes. I can recall bits and pieces of Perry’s music and performance videos, and the flavors imprinted on my mind do not jive with things pure, lovely, admirable, etc., etc. Artistic? Yes. Godly? No.
During my weekly doses of American Idol, there has been a steady diet of Katy Perry. From the vantage point of her own experience, she gives good advice to many of the hopefuls. I see professionalism in that, a genuine interest. While part of her comments and style is for a show, it is not all a facade. [Read more…]