Monday’s “American Idol” was full of shocking surprises. For many fans, the biggest shock of all came when Katy Perry randomly hinted at collaborating and Taylor Swift.

The new “Idol” episode was all about duets, and that seemed to get Perry thinking about the musical possibilities of working with her fellow pop-music titan.

After a stunning duet by contestants Althea Grace and Camille Lamb, who wowed with a cover of Lesley Gore’s iconic classic “You Don’t Own Me”, Perry informed both singers that they would be moving on to the next round. She added, “That’s what queens do.”

After the two left the stage, Perry — seemingly apropos of nothing other than the performance she just saw — posed a hypothetical question to fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

“Can you imagine if Taylor and I work together, what we could do?” Perry asked, as Bryan nodded in contemplation at the possibilities.

Perry clarified her comment in a subsequent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“We have worked together for the good of young girls in that we mended past wounds,” Perry says. “I think these days it’s cooler to have women support other women across the boards in all fields, especially in music because I think women are held to such an insane standard, they’re asked crazy questions that their male counterparts would never be asked. I think if we can support each other and lift each other up and advocate for equality, that’s movement forward,” she explained.

As for whether that meant the two could collaborate musically, Perry offered didn’t get specific.

“There’s always an opportunity for collaboration again with wonderful people,” she added.

Meanwhile, the possibility of a Swift/Perry collab sent fans on Twitter into overdrive.



The tease is particularly exciting for fans considering how Perry and Swift have been reestablishing their friendship after burying the hatchet following a years-long feud. The two pop icons had quietly yet famously been at odds for quite some time until Perry reached out with an olive branch, and then later even appeared in the music video for Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down”.

It’s unclear if this is just random wishing on Perry’s part, a hint at an actual future collaboration, or if Perry was just jokingly trolling fans. Only time will tell.

Until that nebulous point in the future, “American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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