The "American Idol" judges' panel has been a subject of just as much, if not more, intrigue and discussion as the competition itself this season. The focus has now turned to Season 13, which could see a major shakeup, according to Vulture.
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The site is reporting "a very real chance" that a panel of former "American Idol" contestants could judge the next season of the struggling reality singing competition, according to "two people with knowledge of the situation." The sources say the show is giving serious consideration to filling one, but likely all, of the judges' seats with former "American Idol" singers.
Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have been asked about the vacancies, according to the sources. Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken have also been discussed.
The site has NOT confirmed that the Fox network or production companies FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment have made the decision to go through with the aforementioned plan for next season.
The plan for next season may not necessarily unfold. Previous "Idol" shakeup rumors have proven untrue, such as an EW.com exclusive that Enrique Iglesias had been offered a spot on the judges' panel, and Fox has plenty of time to put a panel together. The Season 12 judges were not revealed until mid-September 2012 and the show began on Jan. 16.
But Randy Jackson, who has been with the show since its first season, departed the show after Season 12 and freed one of the judges' chairs. Also, The Wrap reported on May 8 that all four judges and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe would not return for Season 13.