‘American Idol’ Judging Panel Remains Up in the Air

A lot of rumors and innuendo surrounds the American Idol judging panel for next year. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits so far.

Steven Tyler is definitely moving on. He wants to get back to his first love—rock ‘n roll and Aerosmith. That’s a good thing. After all, he is a rock god!

Jennifer Lopez is definitely leaving. Unless, of course, she changes her mind again. Truthfully, it’s been a difficult decision for JLo. However, she told Ryan Seacrest, “I could keep doing Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. I feel like we had an amazing run.” That sounds like goodbye.

E! News reports their sources say Mariah Carey is in talks with the show to replace one of the judging panel members. Considering that Randy Jackson is Mariah’s manager, that connection makes some sense.

Other rumors tout Miley Cyrus as negotiating for a judge’s slot too. However, she’s also supposedly in talks with both X Factor UK and X Factor Australia. If so, it’ll probably be a matter of who’s willing to pay her the most dough.

Earlier in the week, rumors swirled that former American Idol star, Adam Lambert, was being considering for a judge’s spot. Contradictory sources, however, proclaim that isn’t true. So who does one believe?

If anything is clear about the judging panel for next year, it is this: Nobody has a clue yet. Just like with X Factor’s merry-go-round of judges earlier this year, American Idol fans probably won’t learn a thing until the last possible moment.

Both Carey and Cyrus would make good additions to the judge’s panel. Their age differences as well as varying musical backgrounds would make the panel interesting. However, Carey backed away from X Factor when approached earlier this year. Her reasons for turning them down may also apply to Idol. If so, then Cyrus is the more likely candidate of the two women.

It might also behoove the show to keep some connection to rock ‘n roll. If not through Tyler, then through someone like him. That may mean the producers should keep looking for judge number three or add a fourth judge to the equation.

What’s your opinion? Who would you like to see on the judging panel of America’s favorite singing competition?

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