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<http://preview.eonline.com/news/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.

 

 

 
  • Christos

    Kelly yes…Hudson NO..look what Hudson did for smash..

  • cc

    And how does having non-winners as judges help the show? Just proves it’s not about winning, but who Idol chooses to pimp, and who will do what they’re told.

    Please feed this show to the cancellation bear already.

  • HV

    I think the former contestants as judges thing will work for a season.
    I think this show will end after 2015, in which, its ratings will have really plumeted.

  • MattR

    @Christos I wouldn’t really blame anything that happened to Smash on Jennifer Hudson.

  • Joseph

    Look for Ryan Seacrest to leave “American Idol”, probably to replace Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today Show”, and that Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews will likely become the new hostess of “Idol”.

  • FowlScat

    No problem, just wont tune in again next season. What makes them think I could give a flying what that woman has to say. I dont even want to look at her. Guess the show is dead to me. This season was unwatchable, made it through 4 episodes tops.

  • Nick

    The only thing that could truly save American Idol is if they brought back Simon, Randy, and Paula. But this could be a close second. Although I wouldn’t make it an all-alum panel. I would probably do Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., and then 2 alum, for an even judges panel.

  • Justin121

    I read ‘Kate Hudson’.

    Imagine how hilarious the reactions would be :D

  • rob60990

    I don’t see any ratings increase happening due to yet another change of judges however I’m sure these 3 will be cheaper than the judges this season. At this point, FOX just has to cut costs.

  • Menk

    This is so obviously desperate, it’s embarrassing!

    What did Hudson do for Smash? Nothing, she joined a sinking ship!

    Look, she’s doing it again!

  • cas

    Better than Nicki Minaj. At least Jennifer actually has talent. I liked the line in the article that says Fox wants to highlight Idol’s upper hand: that it’s the only singing competition to actually manufacture top-selling stars. Made me laugh, even though I don’t watch any of these shows I can honestly say the only people I have heard of or listened to from these competitions have come from Idol. Jennifer and someone like Carrie may actually draw more of an audience, Clay no so much.

  • Derek

    I really like the idea of former Idols doing the judging. The judges table on Idol hasn’t really had a good fit since the Simon, Randy and Paula days, and as long as the people they bring in are HONEST when judging, then maybe this could work. I’ll be tuning in and I haven’t watched Idol faithfully every week for years.

  • Tommy

    Well look at that… Guess I’ll be watching “American Idol” for the first time in like 8 years… This could be a very good thing for the ratings.

  • Jiji Moran

    I had a feeling last season’s pairing was so off, and I think I was spot on. Now, Jennifer Hudson? What do all these airheads have that qualifies them as judges of talent? To me, a good “Idol” judge would be someone who recognizes talent, who makes funny and witty commentary, and who disagrees with the other judges but does it in a civilized and constructive way. Sure, drama is sometimes interesting, but not all the time. Jennifer Hudson may be a good scream-singer, but she ain’t no judge of talent. My opinion only.

  • Ben

    maybe if carrie underwood was coming on, id watch

  • Shepherd

    Wow! That girl has one hellova agent. I still think they need at least one music/record producer to lend credibility.

  • Tessa

    This is a good idea, using people who actually have a connection with the show instead of people who know nothing about it and use it only as a platform for their tantrums and cat fights. If Lambert signs on I might even watch the show.

    Also does anyone else notice that aside from Clarkson and Underwood none of the other AI success stories (Aiken, Hudson, Daughtry, Lambert, Pickler, McPhee) were winners?

  • Anthony

    I had a feeling last season’s pairing was so off, and I think I was spot on. Now, Jennifer Hudson? What do all these airheads have that qualifies them as judges of talent? To me, a good “Idol” judge would be someone who recognizes talent, who makes funny and witty commentary, and who disagrees with the other judges but does it in a civilized and constructive way. Sure, drama is sometimes interesting, but not all the time. Jennifer Hudson may be a good scream-singer, but she ain’t no judge of talent. My opinion only.

    What are you basing that opinion off of? I have no clue whether she will be a good judge or not, because I have never seen her on a show where she had to judge something. She could end up being great for all we know.

  • booboo

    The final nail in the American Idol coffin.

  • K_ras

    The only bring a limited view, unlike the original trio of Simon, Paula and Randy who were involved in different aspects of the music business.

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