According to a new report from Vulture, FOX is considering a new twist on the judges for American Idol next year. In a bid to boost dwindling ratings, serious consideration is being given to the possibility of having former contestants on the judges panel. Their sources say Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have already been approached and Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are also being considered.
I think this is a great idea. This show has gotten incredibly stale since the judges table has become a revolving door of overpaid celebrities who just want to boost or promote their careers. The meddling of the producers who seemed frantic this year to manipulate the results has become increasingly apparent and this could be the breath of fresh air we’re looking for. If the show can get back to its roots and become genuine again, I might actually start watching again.
If I can’t have Harry Connick Jr. (who seemed frustrated with the show’s b.s.) I would love a panel of contestants. I might prefer to see Jordin Sparks instead of Hudson, who seems to be everywhere on my TV lately. If she’s not warbling at me about Weight Watchers, she’s taking over Smash. David Archuleta probably wouldn’t be considered because he’s just too nice. While his criticism wouldn’t exactly be constructive, it would be hilarious to watch him attempt to be critical of someone with his smile and laugh. How would he have reacted to William Hung or any of the awful auditions? Think of the look on his face! Cutie pie.
Who would you like to see on the judges panel next season? Can American Idol be saved?