ABC’s American Idol pauses for puppy party to celebrate Katy Perry’s birthday

American Idol auditions moved to Nashville this week and just so happened to overlap with celebrity judge Katy Perry’s birthday. So while they were in Music City, fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest, surprised Perry with a puppy themed birthday party.

That’s one cute puppy.

You may have hear about Perry’s mid-air near disaster when the rig she used to fly out over the audience in her Nashville concert ground to a halt with her suspended atop a model of Saturn.

Perry told the audience she was really stuck and to grab their cameras as this was a youtube moment.

When “American Idol” debuted in the U.S., the series revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. The “Idol” format has taken on original versions in 55 countries around the world, and “American Idol” itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries. At its new home on ABC, “American Idol” will continue to be a force in the television landscape, reaching every corner of the country in its search for the next great music sensation.

(Photos courtesy ABC/Mark Levine)