Instead Of Cancelling, American Idol Wants To Bring Back J Hud And Other Former Contestants As Judges Next Season

May 23, 2013  |  

“American Idol” just doesn’t know the meaning of the term bow out gracefully. After 11 decent seasons of the show, a catastrophic twelfth season, and ratings that are practically in the toilet compared to their initial rank, execs over at Fox just refuse to say enough is enough when it comes to the singing competition. Instead of canning the show altogether, like most of the judges from this past go ’round, rumor has it the plan is for AI to bring back former contestants as judges.

According to Vulture:

As Fox and the production companies behind the struggling (yet still high-rated) singing show ponder changes for the 2014 edition, two people with knowledge of the situation tell Vulture that serious consideration is being given to the idea of filling one, and very possibly all, of the slots on the show’s judging panel with former Idol contestants. These sources say Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have already been approached about the idea, and that the names of Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are also under discussion. (Alas, Justin Guarini does not seem to be on the short list.)

Vulture goes on to make it clear that they have not been able to confirm with the powers that be that season 13 will be an all-alumni panel, but if that’s what execs are thinking, it’s not a horrible idea. “American Idol,” hopefully, learned a valuable lesson this past season with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj: star quality doesn’t always equal quality TV. And if they’ve paid any attention to the response Shakira and Usher’s stint on “X Factor,” garnered, they’d know you get a lot further with honey and camaraderie among judges with fans of reality singing competitions than two self-professed Bs stinging each other every episode.

According to an exclusive from Hip Hollywood, Jennifer Hudson’s camp says the singer is considering taking “Idol” up on it’s offer, but only if Kelly Clarkson joins her. So far there’s no word on what Miss Kelly thinks about all this.

We’ll definitely keep you up on the details of he new panel, but for now what do you think about the idea of J Hud and other AI contestants being judges? Would that make you watch?


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