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The singer, 32, and her fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, began listening to hopeful contestants for the first time Tuesday during auditions in NY, and Perry admits parts of the job aren't exactly easy. "From the mental health issue to all of the issues that are causing these things". "No one's saying 'take away you guns, ' but we don't necessarily need assault rifles".

Luke Bryan has been dropping hints about new music for a while now, and his latest tease comes with a big performance announcement, so get ready everyone.

Dressed in a long sparkly purple coat and matching dress, she told her fans, "Well, about to head into the first day of American Idol auditions". "It was one of the most heartbreaking days of my life, and for this country", Bryan said.

As it to prove their instant connection, Lionel Richie, 68, joked, "it's as if we've been in school together for the last 40 years. excuse me, I should say 20 years".

Perry responded to questions about performers' perspectives on the worst mass shooting in American history alongside her American Idol co-judges, saying "prayer without action is powerless". "We have to an unfortunate good hard look at what our rules and what our boundaries are with gun reform".

His phone conversation with Aldean the morning after the shooting was not an easy one for either man. "Hearing one of your best friends shaken up like that, knowing they'll never be able to un-see these things", he said, "you get lumps and you get nauseated".

Perry also said we can't just go back to normal after this. Before the clock struck even 10 a.m., Perry stomped the streets of New York City to promote her American Idol judge status in a look few would opt to wear before the sunset. "Well, We have to give it back". Do I do the documentary?

Echoed Richie, "It's awesome the confidence this new generation has, and I think what's really wonderful for us we get to see it and if any way try to tweak it just a little bit - they don't need much but I'm telling you what's coming down the pipeline is really exciting". "No, I just become a judge right quick'".