Katy Perry becomes emotional and tears up during the last season finale of American Idol.

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The singer began her role as a judge on the show in 2018, joining Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

Katy Perry is experiencing a wave of emotions.

The 39-year-old singer teared up during the American Idol season finale on Sunday, May 19, after Abi Carter claimed victory.

As Perry’s time as an Idol judge concluded, she wept and embraced her fellow judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, while Carter performed Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?”

Carter competed against Will Moseley and Jack Blocker, who finished in second and third place, respectively.

Perry joined American Idol as a judge in 2018, alongside Luke Bryan, 47, and Lionel Richie, 74, when the show was revived on ABC after its initial 15-season run on Fox.

Earlier this year, she announced her departure from the series after seven seasons during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She hinted at new projects, including new music, coming later in 2024.

“This will probably be my last show, my last season for Idol,” Perry stated. “I love Idol so much. 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 know what I’m saying, Jimmy?” she added, winking at host Jimmy Kimmel.

In an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Bryan mentioned that Perry’s departure was not entirely unexpected. “I had heard whispers that she was considering it — it wasn’t a huge shock,” the country singer explained.

Reflecting on their time together, Bryan said, “It’s been a good run with Katy, and she and I have developed a great friendship working together. I mean, heck, I was there before her daughter was born, and now her daughter is three years old.” Bryan referred to Perry’s daughter Daisy Dove, whom she welcomed with her fiancé Orlando Bloom in August 2020.

Richie recently shared with PEOPLE that he, Perry, and Bryan have formed a close-knit group. “We’ve kind of developed a little family, and even though we keep talking about her leaving, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said.

“So, as time goes on, Luke and I might just come to the decision that we need to kidnap her,” he joked.

American Idol airs on ABC.