• 'American Idol' came to a season finale
  • Katy Perry said goodbye
  • THIS is what happened there

The moment Abi Carter was announced the winner, Perry was seen sobbing, marking a poignant end to her illustrious stint on the show. The scene was heart-rending as she embraced her co-judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, while Carter serenaded the audience with Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?"

A Farewell That Tugged at Heartstrings

Katy Perry's journey on "American Idol" has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride since she joined the panel in 2018 for the show's revival on ABC. After announcing her departure on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' earlier this year, fans have been eagerly waiting to see how her final moments on the show would unfold.

True to Katy's style, it was an emotional, unforgettable exit. "I love Idol so much," Perry exclaimed, hinting at exciting new projects and music set to drop in 2024. "I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat," she added, leaving fans buzzing with anticipation.

"I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for. It’s connected me with the heart of America, but I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat, you what I’m saying Jimmy?" she added, winking at host Jimmy Kimmel.

Luke Bryan expressed his sentiments on Perry's departure, highlighting the deep bonds formed over the years. "It's been a good run with Katy, and she and I have developed a great friendship," he shared, reminiscing about the time before and after the birth of Perry's daughter, Daisy Dove, with fiancé Orlando Bloom.

Lionel Richie echoed these feelings, emphasizing the familial connection among the judges. "We've kind of developed a little family," Richie said, playfully suggesting they might "kidnap" Perry to keep the trio together.

As 'American Idol' continues to grace our screens on ABC, the departure of Katy Perry marks the end of an era but also the beginning of a new chapter for the pop sensation.

"It's been a good run with Katy, and she and I have developed a great friendship and to work alongside her. I mean, heck, I was there before her daughter was born, and now her daughter is [3 years] old," Bryan added

Her impact on the show and the connections she forged with America's heart through music and empathy will resonate for years to come.

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Perry's journey is a testament to her evolution, not just as a global music icon but as a mentor who touched many lives through her authenticity and passion.