Back in May we heard from “sources” that Jennifer Lopez is seriously serious about NOT returning to judge American Idol next season. If true, then the folks at AI are going to need someone to take her place on the judging panel. So, who would be a good judge to help pick the next American Idol? Well, a new report out today is claiming that Idol producers are going after Adam Lambert — a former Idol contestant who LOST his season of competition — to become the new judge. HMMM. Does it really make sense to have a former AI loser help determine the next AI winner?
What the next season of American Idol will look like is anybody’s guess right now. The latest name to be floated around at Fox as a possible new judge is—get ready for it—Idol alum Adam Lambert! “They have been talking about Adam for over a month,” a source exclusively tells E! News. “He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.” As E! News first told you, Jennifer Lopez has no plans to return for a third time at the judges’ table. As for Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler … A source tells us that they are not necessarily going to be back either. “Randy is great, but he’s part of the old Idol,” the source said. “They want to keep the soul of the show but have a new look, and for that reason he may well not be part of the new line up.” A Tyler source confirms the Aerosmith frontman isn’t sure of his future. “All up in the air,” the source said. “We shall see.” Fox will, multiple sources confirm, try to change Lopez’s mind. “I don’t know if they can afford Jennifer, but they have let it be known that she has a guaranteed spot if she wants it,” one of the sources said. “She appeals to everyone so the big bosses are in favor of keeping her on” … A rep for Fox declined to comment for this story. Critics have complained that Lopez, Tyler and Jackson haven’t been as harsh as past judging panels. “People are saying they’re too sweet and too nice, but once you’ve put somebody that you love in the top 10 and they’re coming every week and being good, it’s hard to critique,” Lythgoe said. “It’s not like dancing, where you can say point your toes, spread your legs. It’s more like, ‘When you hit that top note, just smile.’”
Honestly, I have nothing against Adam Lambert at all … but it seems completely foolish to turn an American Idol loser into the next judge. I mean, it just doesn’t make any sense. Nor does it seem very wise to get rid of all the judges and install new ones. Yes, I believe that Randy Jackson and Stephen Tyler are terrible judges but, if I’m being completely honest, it just feels like American Idol has really outlasted its importance. I’m not a fan of any signing competition shows, not even The X Factor. In the end, no matter who wins, it’s all so disposable. Take, for example, the most recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Does anyone really enjoy this guy as a musician? He’s a reality TV show star and his fame will wane. I couldn’t even list the last 5 AI winners off the top of my head. They are so forgettable. If American Idol is now thinking of bringing back AI losers to judge the show then they really have run out of options. I think it’s time for the show series to just come to an end. I mean, seriously.