It has been confirmed that American Idol will have a completely new judging panel next season, with Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey all getting replaced, while Randy Jackson has confirmed that he will leave the show. This will give the American Idol judging panel a complete overhaul.
Fox now plan to return to the old three judge format, with a number of names already linked to the new American Idol judging panel. Now, the most recent rumour is that Fox are going for an all American Idol alum panel, with Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson returning to the show as judges.
A Fox insider explained, "Nothing is final yet, it's 95 per cent there. The alum panel will be Fox's attempt to reignite ratings by bringing back 'Idol' faces that the fans care about. It's 'Idol' stars guiding the next generation."
Meanwhile, the third empty seat at the American Idol judging table for next season will also see a former contestant as a judge. So far, both Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert have been approached about returning as an American Idol judge for next season.
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