The best news I’ve heard for a while about the slacking American Idol came out today. We knew coming out of this season’s finale that there would be only three judges next season. We also knew Randy Jackson was leaving the show after 12 seasons with American Idol. We also now know that Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban are not returning to the show next season. We also have known that the show was looking at a fresh take and possible format change for the show. What could the show possibly do with its rough run on finding judges since Simon Cowell left? The show is looking to its former Idols to bring the show back to life and judge next season. I heard the rumour yesterday and thought they would have to get this done quickly since auditions begin next month or July. yesterday when I first heard this rumour, I was very excited because I was thinking it would be a nice fresh take on the show that should be drama free, at least from the judges standpoint.
The show has apparently signed on Jennifer Hudson as the first of the former Idols hired to judge. Even though Jennifer didn’t win her season, she has went on to do more than the runner-up and winner of her season. I think she will do very well with judging the new crop of Idol hopefuls this upcoming season.
The next judge who is reportedly close to signing her judging contract is Kelly Clarkson. Once again I think she would do very well at this job. I also believe that she is due for a nice break from her music career. She is the original American Idol and has been busy ever since her win on the show. Even though her popularity keeps growing and she is even now beginning to do stuff in country music, I feel a well deserved break is due for he. A season on this show could be just that break she needs, while not letting anyone forget about her
The next and final judging spot seems to be going to a guy. The two names being thrown around are Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken. I feel like Adam Lambert would be better suited for this position. Like Kelly he is current and well-known for his music. The only thing that could hurt him is his popularity is higher over in Europe as opposed to over here in the US. I think he would just be able to work better with the future contestants than Clay Aiken would. I just feel like if you have the über successful ladies above judging, you need another star like Adam to feel in the last seat.
I think this idea is phenomenal and a way that could excite people to come back to the show. The whole point of this is to show everyone that while American Idol is losing in ratings, it still remains the only competitive music show that has been able to launch stars. It also is a make It’s a way to showcase their biggest success stories as judges. I feel like FOX also has to know that if this doesn’t work and if any other changes that are coming can’t life the show back up, nothing will. I also would like to think that FOX realizes that it will never rise back as the mammoth that it was. It won’t be the bright star on the TV landscape that it was.
Let me know in the comments what you think about the new judges and where American Idol is going? Also let me know if you’d rather have Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken as the final new judge?