Oh man, having the ORIGINAL American Idol return as an AI judge would have MADE season 13! Sigh.
Rumors have raged concerning the identifies of next season's American Idol judges ever since news broke that NONE of the current judges will be invited back…
And we were THRILLED to hear that Kelly Clarkson, along with former AI contestants Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, are all in talks to fill the vacant spots.
But unfortunately, it seems the the beautiful belter will NOT be returning to the show that launched her career, as her rep has DENIED her involvement.
However, thank the AI lordz, cause J-Hud has been CONFIRMED as a judge for season 13! Huzzah!
And IF they secure Adam Lambert and other former AI participants, perhaps the throwback hiring will be enough to save the show from cancellation.
Tags: adam lambert, american idol, jennifer hudson, judge, kelly clarkson, season 12