American Idol is a shit show that should have thrown in the towel a few seasons back, but you know what they say: the show must go on… and on and on and on, even when people stop watching it. In any case, there’s been lots of talk about the judges panel and Idol producers wanting to clean house to bring an all-alum table, but until now there was no confirmation. You know, besides the ink on Jennifer Hudson‘s contract nearly drying already.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have both confirmed what we already knew: neither of them are coming back. In true Mariah fashion, she released a statement through her PR saying that she was leaving the show to embark on a world tour – not because she got sacked when Idol realised she wasn’t worth the $16 mil or whatever she got last season. Nicki’s also leaving to “focus on the music”, which is bullshit because if they’d have offered to extend her contract, there’s no doubt in my mind she’d still be sat at that table sipping on that Coca Cola next season, but whatever.
No word yet on Keith Urban’s fate, but I think we all know where it’s headed.
We all know that American Idol is cleaning house when it comes to the judges and are thinking of having an all-alum panel next year. Jennifer Hudson is most likely going to be sipping away at her Diet Coke at the table, but Kelly Clarkson was also rumoured to be close to signing a deal to join the rapidly sinking ship that is Idol. Thankfully, that’s not happening now.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Despite rampant rumors, a rep for Kelly Clarkson tells The Hollywood Reporter that the American Idol winner will not be judging season 13 of the Fox show.
It was reported by New York Magazine’s Vulture blog on Wednesday that series producers are considering an all alumnae panel for next year’s competition, after seeing a double digit drop in viewership for season 12, which was judged by expensive music celebrities Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, in addition to Randy Jackson and Keith Urban. E! later reported that a three-judge table made up of alums is “95% there” and featured images of Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson.
Wait, so Aiken is joining the panel? Well, I bet his stalker will be pleased about that. Also, I’m glad Kelly managed to… *pulls off sunglasses* break away from this shit show.
Rumour on the street is that Jennifer Hudson may be heading to American Idol next season to replace either Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey. Which one doesn’t matter since both of them are probably getting the boot, but whatever. If you remember, Jennifer came in 8th place or something a few seasons back and has gone on to star in and get an Oscar for Dreamgirls and lose a lot of weight. She also had a few good tracks – ‘Spotlight’ was my shit back in the day, to be honest – but generally, that’s about all she’s notable for in my mind.
Well, that was fast: Barely a day after Vulture broke the news that Fox was mulling an all-alumni panel of judges for American Idol, with Jennifer Hudson among the names being discussed, there may already be some movement on that front. There’s buzz around Hollywood that Hudson and Fox may have already started talks about her joining the show; one source tells us the deal is essentially “done.” As always, Fox won’t comment. And buzz even from people familiar with the situation does not always lead to deals, as we noted yesterday. But the idea of Idol alumni as judges may not be a dream after all.
If we’re going for an all-alumni panel, why not bring back Carrie Underwood (if she would even lower herself down onto this sinking ship at this point, that is)? The best they’ll probably get is like, Ace Young or Alison Iraheta. Yes, I’m a sicko and I know these people’s names. WHATEVER.
Anyway, producers better make sure JHud’s cup is filled with DIET Coke. Don’t make homegirl lose her Weight Watchers endorsement deal, now.