We know for certain that Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol. It was announced during the Finale a few days ago.
Also, it appears that Nikki Minaj has expressed that she doesn’t plan to return to the show.
So that leaves Mariah Carey and Keith Urban – but, if the rumours are true that American Idol wants new faces in all four judges’ seats, then we have some shoes to fill here.
Enter former Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, who has expressed enormous interest in securing a judges’ position.
This is what he had to say to The Hollywood Reporter:
Asked if he’d be up for a judgeship on season 13, Lambert told THR, “I would love to…” and later commented to reporters backstage, “If they called me to judge, ‘I’d say ‘Where do I sign?'”
That’s a pretty strong statement; hard to misinterpret that quote, isn’t it?
Now, we all know how gifted Adam is and, if you need to be reminded, take a look at his beautiful performance with Angie Miller during the Finale a couple of nights ago. This lad has a gift – he understands phrasing, nuance, the importance of song selection, the technical aspects of singing and performing. He has it all.
In fact, throw him in a judges’ seat along with the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, and watch the ratings soar. What the heck! Add Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, and Season 6 Top 3 finalist, Melinda Doolittle, and then maybe people would have a reason to return to the American Idol tradition.
Nothing like bringing back former Idols in whatever form to reboot the ratings. And, they come with their cumulative fanbase as well.
So, what do you think? I bet many of you have your own ideas regarding the selection of judges for Season 13. Comment away.