That said, the show's ever-changing judges' panel has already boasted superstars, songwriters, "fish out of water" comics (sorry, Ellen), and perhaps most memorably, even a sharp-tongued Brit. And now, according to a report by Vulture, producers are giving "serious consideration" to the possibility of bringing in former "American Idols" for the job. Names like Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, and Clay Aiken have reportedly been tossed around for a possible all-alum panel next season.
While past "Idol" winners and finalists who've weathered the storm would certainly be able to relate to and empathize with the contestants, one has to wonder if this plan would breathe new life into the struggling reality show or would it be a death sentence?
Those who can, do; Those who can't, judgeLet's face it, the point of "American Idol" is to launch a singing career: records, videos, touring, and all the trappings. If past winners and runners-up are tapped to judge the weekly TV singing competition, what does that say about the results of the process? "Idol" winners (and the often equally talented and marketable runners-up) should be making music, not judging other "Idol" wannabes who will later become "Idol" judges. See what a vicious cycle it could become?
The problem is that some "Idol" alums would no doubt jump at the chance to judge the show. When rumors swirled last season that Adam Lambert was being considered for a spot on the panel, the Season 8 alum released a statement that said, "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."
Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken told Billboard in 2010, "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who's a former contestant and knows what it's like to be up on that stage and be critiqued…if they want to call me, bring it on. We can talk."
And Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino recently told Showbiz Tonight, "l'd love to go back to 'Idol.' Being a music baby and raised up in music, I have an ear for music. If they ever called me, I would."
The big question is, will the "American Idol" bigwigs call any of them?
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