The singer and 'American Idol' judge performed at the Coronation Concert in May
On Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the American Idol judge, 39, told the host that the royal family allowed her and her mother to stay in the royal residence in Windsor while she attended the crowning ceremony and performed at the Coronation Concert.
"I brought my mother because, I mean, that’s like the best gift you could ever give your mom,” Perry said on the talk show.
She recalled that after the ceremony, she and her glam team rushed through the palace to meet up with the King and Queen for an American Idol segment.
"Everyone was running,” the “Teenage Dream” singer said after explaining that she was supposed to take certain routes through the castle. “I ran straight into them, and I was like, ‘Oh, went the wrong way!’ ”
Crediting fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie for pulling together the bit, Perry said that Richie, 74, “could convince anyone to do anything.”
"There’s no assigned seating,” she explained.
“It’s general admission?” said a surprised Kimmel. Aside from “the first two rows,” Perry confirmed the Westminster Abbey coronation had open seating for most of the 2,200 guests.
"Were the people you sat in front of happy to be behind that hat?” he asked, referring to the statement fascinator that covered half the singer’s face. The singer shook her head to indicate "no."
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At Windsor Castle’s Coronation Concert the day after the crowning ceremony, broadcast live from the grounds of Windsor with a stunning castle backdrop, Perry performed signature hits “Roar” and “Firework” in a custom Vivienne Westwood ballgown. Princess Charlotte was spotted singing along to the performance.
The “California Gurls” singer is no stranger to performing for the world’s biggest stages. In 2021, she performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and in 2015, she headlined the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
Her husband Orlando Bloom, with whom she shares one daughter, had nothing but praise for his wife’s opportunities. “She does those big, historical things. It's wonderful. She sang for the president too. She does that," the actor told Entertainment Tonight. “What’s left? Maybe the pope.”
Perry is looking toward the future too. In her Kimmel interview, she revealed that she would be departing from Idol after the current season. The singer has hinted at new music coming soon, calling 2024 “a very, very exciting year … for all popstar girlies!”
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