Report: Jennifer Hudson to Be a Judge on Next Season of 'American Idol'

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May 24th, 2013

Jennifer Hudson

via press release:

E! News Exclusive: Jennifer Hudson Signs On as American Idol Judge! (Plus, Find Out Who Else Is Close to Coming Aboard)




American Idol has nailed down its first alum turned judge: Jennifer Hudson<>.



Multiple sources confirm exclusively to E! News that the Oscar-winning singer has signed a deal to sit at the judges' table this fall for season 13. The other two spots are also intended for former Idol contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.



We're told that Clarkson is also close to signing on. No word yet on whether Lambert or Aiken will fill the final spot, but producers are expected to keep the panel to three members.



The "superstar-alum" theme is aimed at reclaiming some of Idol's lost viewership—the series is down about 10 million viewers from two years ago, in part because of the success of The Voice.



Fox (smartly) wants to highlight Idol's upper hand: It's the only singing competition to actually manufacture top-selling stars.



"It's Idol alums bringing in the next generation," says one Fox source of the reasoning behind the casting for season 13.



Current judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban will not be returning for next season.



Hudson didn't win the show's third season but went on to have one of the most high-profile careers, winning an Academy Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls. She most recently appeared on the second season of NBC's troubled and now-canceled series Smash.



Fox had no comment on Hudson's casting.



  • Jayson

    I think that this could really be beneficial for Fox and AI. I might even tune in, just to see how the stars are as judges.

  • glover

    Only former contestants as judges is risky.

  • Seth

    Game Changer

  • Sara

    Another diva? Well, she seems like she is the type who says whatever comes to her mind, maybe she is going to be the new Simon/Nicki. Going to miss the Minaj though..

    Great that they are bringing Kelly! Love her, Even though she was way to nice as a mentor on Duets last summer.. I would like Adam over Clay

  • a p garcia

    Good move, I hope Nicki is banned from the theatre

  • jmk

    Don’t trust this info. Kelly’s camp already said she is not doing it 2 days ago.

  • Phil

    This I WOULD watch!

  • D Diva

    I have read reports about her, Bruno Mars, Harry Connick Jr., Kelly Clarkson, and Adam Lambert all being apporached by Idol producers.

    Let’s see where this goes.

  • Albert

    hmmm…. still not watching.

  • gerry

    that’s really smart on idol’s part. the only thing smarter would be to get the original judges back. (and i’m sure they’ll hold that off for a season or two at least..)

  • Melissa

    …and American Idol has just won back my viewership.

  • brandy


  • BG

    @JMK I’ve also heard that she’s not doing Idol.

    A rep for Clarkson told The Hollywood Reporter directly that Clarkson was not going to judge Season 13. In addition to this, Adam Lambert — also named as a possible “Idol” returnee — has not even heard from the show’s producers.

  • Psychic

    Former contestants as judges? Is this going to be a regular thing?

  • Ron

    @ Psychic. I think its a better idea than having super mega stars who have no idea what its like to be on a talent show. At least these are all former idols who have found some level of success and have survived the AI experience.

  • Samunto

    This has to be the very last straw Fox is clinging to. Apart from Kelly the rest really don’t sell.

    Expect another 30-40% ratings plunge. These alumnae must be coming very cheap!

  • Adam

    100 bucks says it doesn’t get Idol’s ratings up.

    People are not tuning out because they’re tired of certain judges but because the show has gotten old.

  • jean

    Why not Carrie Underwood?

    Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwod and Adam Lambert sounds good,.

  • OddGuy

    I thought the producers wanted to bring back Jennifer Lopez.

  • Jason

    FOX actually is doing the right thing for once, the show may be getting old and past its prime, but it stirred out a lot of greats including Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, and Carrie Underwood. They should use those types because they could say to the newbies, “Look where we were about a couple of years ago: on this same stage!”

    The other thing is: what’s FOX got left to show if Idol and The X-Factor both get cancelled? Nothing. If they do really poorly, they’ll just have to order new pilots quicker than ever.

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