Uh-huh. Sure it is!
Because the judges' table for American Idol continues to have two vacant chairs, the execs over at Idol are attempting to refocus the attention of the show to their new contestants.
The masterminds behind the franchise reviewed the numbers from last season and realized the drastic DECLINE in viewership with people 18-49. Therefore, a hunt for "strong talent" for the coming season is being considered the key to reviving the ratings, not replacing Ellen and Simon.
Adding to that mentality is the news that a new deal has been struck with Universal Music Group, which should open up a wider music catalogue for contestants.
But regardless of what the suits might think, the only Idol factor on people's minds right now is who is going to tell them how to vote when this "strong talent" finally hits the stage. The source says an announcement should be made sometime around mid-September.
Here's hoping they aren't friggin lying! We really, really, really want to know!!!