Let's keep this quick. The Hollywood Reporter, who published a cover story on Katy Perry called "Confessions of a Pop Star," just put the outtakes up. They're less confessions and more lengthy thank-yous, plus a bit about how Part of Me, the movie, was such a big risk but simultaneously such a good idea. You can read the whole thing here, but first, some highlights:
On "Wide Awake":
Written in two days (after the Teenage Dream album, apparently, and not an unused demo like "Part of Me") recorded in two more days. That's 3.75 more days than people normally brag about! The recording process itself will apparently be included on the DVD, in case you haven't gotten enough studio footage in your life. Perry did say, though, that she wrote the song to "get some things off her chest," so perhaps this is studio footage with a little extra huffiness. There's one way to find out. It involves buying a DVD.
On Idol, X Factor and why she's not on them?
Perry's statement on why she hasn't accepted any judging offers, which apparently have existed, was your standard "it's not right for me right now" demur/dodge. But then there's this:
I'm not opposed to it. I think some of those shows are better than others. I like to give constructive criticism that hopefully people can apply and find valuable. But I do find it completely hilarious when they hire people that are not current in music and haven't been for a decade or over. Or when they’re not even in music. How are you going to give a perspective when you haven't even lived it?
Sorry, Ellen. Sorry, Steven. (We're not sorry, Steven.) We're going to pretend this quote does not apply to Paula Abdul.