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‘American Idol’ Still Looking For Other Judge

Submitted by on August 2, 2012 – 8:59 pm Comments

mariah carey smilingOne of TV’s most popular shows is in a scramble to fill its empty judge seat. American Idol is asking just about anyone and everyone at this point to fill its empty chair. Everyone and their mama have been included as a possible judge for Fox’s hit talent show.

Just last week Fox confirmed that pop diva, Mariah Carey will be joining the show, filling in Jennifer Lopez’s spot. Her reported salary is said to be somewhere between $15 and $18 million. Shortly after the show hired Carey, Jennifer Lopez made it official that she would not be returning to the show, so the search continues for a new judge for Idol’s 12th season.

Earlier this month, former idol contestant Adam Lambert quieted rumors of his return to the show as a judge. He said that though he would jump at the chance to return to the show, the idea of his return was only a “beautiful rumor.” Charlie Sheen has also been named as a possible option. Sheen has said that before committing to the show, FX would have to sign off on the deal, and that his salary would have to be substantial enough and include that Idol would match 20 percent of his weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club. Sheen told Jay Leno that he was waiting to hear back from Fox. Sheen joked and said that he could give these kids some guidance. I highly doubt anyone needs guidance from Charlie Sheen.

Katy Perry has confirmed that producers approached her about the open panel seat. Perry quickly squashed the idea, however by saying that she has other ideas at the moment that are taking priority. Jerry Lewis was also another name being tossed around as a possibility. The latest celebs that have been linked with Idol are teen heartthrob Nick Jonas and rapper Pharrell. According to Us Weekly, Jonas has all but signed a deal securing his seat at the judges table. Fox apparently flew him out to L.A. last week for a final meeting.

Country legends Toby Keith and Brad Paisley have also been mentioned, though Toby Keith has said his schedule is too busy with touring andjackson posingsuch. Brad Paisley has yet to confirm or deny the rumors.

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Also up in the air is the role that Randy Jackson will play on this next season. There are speculations that the only judge who has stayed at that judges table for the past 10 years may be changing his contribution to the show. Rumors have said that Jackson may move from judge to more of a mentor role on the show.

You would think with all these American Idol headlines, the start of the show would be right around the corner, but the show will not actually premiere until January of 2013… So we have a bit of a wait ahead of us. At least we have gossip and rumors to entertain us until then.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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