Katy Perry responds to 'Idol' contestant's love for Taylor Swift

On Sunday (March 18) night's episode of American Idol, judge Katy Perry faced down an apologetic contestant who declared his love for Perry's rumored rival Taylor Swift

After being asked by Luke Bryan who he looks up to as an artist, the contestant began with, "I'm so sorry, Katy," before declaring, "I love Taylor Swift."

Perry, who has allegedly been feuding with Swift for some time now, stumbled slightly, responding, "You don't have to apologize." She continued: "I love her as a songwriter, as well."

While some are calling the comment "shade," it was actually a pretty tame response from Perry, whose rivalry with Swift was said to have inspired her own single "Swish Swish," as well as Swift's "Bad Blood." The animosity allegedly began in 2014, when backup dancers left Swift's tour to join Perry on the road.

Both artists have skirted around questions about the feud in the years since. 

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It was all fun and games for Perry and Swift the at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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The "Trouble" singer got cozy with her longtime BFF Selena Gomez and Perry at the 2011 American Music Awards. Apparently, gold was the color of the evening. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2011/Getty Images for AMA)

The pair seemed pretty cozy at the show, 2011 American Music Awards despite the fact that they were both up for awards.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
Talk about a pop powerhouse! Singers Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift all popped a pose together at the 2011 American Music Awards. (Photo by Lester Cohen/AMA2011/WireImage)
It's all about happy faces. (Photo by Lester Cohen/AMA2011/WireImage)
The duo's friendship stretched all the way back to the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
Back in 2009, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus were also a part of the duo's inner circle. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Smile for the cameras! Swift, Perry and Cyrus looked like they had a blast together at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Perry pulled in the "Tim McGraw" singer and the former Disney princess in for a squeeze at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
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