Country favorite Luke Bryan is back on the set of ABC’s American Idol, ready to pluck another potential star out of obscurity with fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. But things are a little different this time, since Perry’s real job is now being a full-time mom, and Bryan says she pulls it off with grace.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Bryan explains what it’s been like to see Perry take on both roles like a “rockstar.” She and her fiancé, actor Orlando Bloom, welcomed the birth of a daughter named Daisy Dove in August of 2020. And now at barely six months old, the little girl seems to be the real star of the show on American Idol — behind-the-scenes, anyway.
“It’s just really amazing being there with Katy and watching her [be a mom],” says Bryan, an experienced dad in his own right. “Sometimes in the breaks, she’ll FaceTime Orlando and little Daisy Dove. And so, I’ll get to say, ‘Hey.’ But just watching Katy embrace being a mother is a very beautiful thing to watch. I never had a doubt she would be a tremendous mother.”
Perry and Bryan have been working together on Idol since 2018, and Bryan went on to say he’s been truly impressed at how she’s managed to keep everything going along smoothly. According to an interview Perry gave Live With Ryan and Kelly, she came back to the Idol set just five weeks after giving birth, and Bryan says it’s been incredible how hard she’s worked. Father of two knows it’s the same for moms all around the country.
“She’d come on set; she would’ve been up nursing all night,” he explains. “Katy’s in the full swing of things with nursing, so we’ve had to work around her schedule. But she’s been a trouper and showing up and working like she always does. I know she’s doing it on minimal sleep, so she’s a rockstar.”
The fourth season of American Idol premiered February 14 on ABC, and will continue with a new episode each Sunday. Bryan’s “Down to One” is inside country radio’s Top 5 and appears on his Born Here Live Here Die Here album from last summer, and he’ll sit for an in-depth interview as part of the 2021 Country Radio Seminar this Friday (February 19).