In our “13 suggestions to fix ‘American Idol'” article a little bit earlier in the week, one of our top ideas was to potentially have a panel that included former contestants as the cornerstone. Well … wouldn’t you know it? This is something that Fox may have already been considering.
According to Vulture, there has been some discussion already among executives about having a panel that features former contestants from and center, and some names tossed around include Kelly Clarkson (who did a good job on ABC’s short-lived “Duets”), the always-honest Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken (who guest-starred on “The Office” playing a reality TV judge), and Jennifer Hudson, fresh off of her gig from the god awful series “Smash.” We’re surprised somewhat that Carrie Underwood is not listed here, but she is a touring artist and has not expressed much interest being a judge.
So could this idea work? If the panel was Adam, Kelly, and Jennifer, our answer would be “yes.” We personally put Adam over Clay, given that his fame is more prevalent today and he was at least briefly considered for the job last summer. (The show is looking to go back to three judges.)
However, save for these four contenders, is there really anyone else who could work well as a judge? You could say “maybe” to newly-minted “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kellie Pickler, and Melinda Doolittle who does an awesome job co-hosting “Idology,” but you really cannot put anyone post-season 8 on here, given that many of them just have not been in the real world long enough after the show. Adam, Jennifer, Kelly, Kellie, Melinda, and Clay are all people who know that the show is not the end-all, be-all, and that there is a lot of work that comes before and after it to be a star.
What do you think: Could an “American Idol” panel consisting of former contestants really be a successful idea? We want to hear your thoughts below! Also, be sure to check out or latest show notes featuring Lee DeWyze and Kree Harrison here.