It's a "beautiful rumor"-- at least that's what "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert is saying about the recent buzz that he's in talks to be a judge next season on the long-running singing competition that made him famous.
Lambert told British radio station Capital FM, "I'm just hearing about this today, as well, and so what a beautiful rumor."
The glam rocker also released a statement that said: "'Idol' has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the 'Idol' stage play a big part in my career. If 'Idol' wants to talk to me about judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation."
But if Lambert were to be approached for a seat at the judges' table, who would he replace? It's been no secret that Jennifer Lopez has been on the fence about returning to the show for a third season, and Steven Tyler hasn't been signed as a definite judge for Season 12 either.
In fact, according to a recent E! News report, it may be out with the old and in with the new for 2013 -- and that includes longtime judge Randy Jackson. According to an E! source: "Randy is great, but he's part of the old 'Idol'…They want to keep the soul of the show, but have a new look, and for that reason he may well not be part of the new line up."
If "new" means "young," then the "Idol" head honchos may even decide to take a page from "The X Factor's" book. The Simon Cowell-produced singing comp recently traded in "older" judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul for former teen queens Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
Now, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry have all been rumored to be possible candidates for "Idol" judging spots next season.
As for Adam Lambert, it's interesting that he would be tapped to be a judge on "American Idol." He didn't win his season, after all (that honor went to Kris Allen), so it would just further emphasize that the show's grand prize doesn't mean all that much in the long run.
Not that he's not worthy. Lambert has had a hugely successful post-"Idol" career, more successful than several of the "Idol" winners, and his critiques would no doubt be colorful.
It just goes to show, winning isn't everything -- especially when it comes to "American Idol" universe.
More from this contributor: