‘American Idol’ Reaching Out To Former Contestants To Fill Vacancies


With the hunt for the next great ‘Idol’ judges underway, some interesting names have been thrown into the mix.

Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their departures just weeks ago, and you’ve already heard names like Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, will.i.am, Fergie, and former Idol contestant Adam Lambert among those rumored to be in contention. ¬† So what about keeping it in the family?

A show runner from Idol is now revealing that they are reaching out to some former contestants to join the show in some capacity.

Some of the names that have been contacted include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, and Clay Aiken.

A show insider spoke about the search, saying;

“Idol is reaching out to try and gauge the interest of former contestants coming back on the show to participate in some way. They wouldn’t necessarily be in judging positions, but the show wants them involved.”

Other shows of this nature, including ‘The Voice’ and ‘The X-Factor,’ have social media¬†correspondents, responsible for managing Twitter and Facebook interaction with fans, and behind the scenes interviews. ¬†Could this be a direction that ‘Idol’ is headed?

Anything to up the ratings, right?

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One Response to ‘American Idol’ Reaching Out To Former Contestants To Fill Vacancies

  1. July 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    It’s all just speculation and we just need to wait for the announcement. So much hype. Just hope Nigel gets it right this time and picks knowledgeable, experienced, charismatic, and people that will actually give constructive criticism to the contestants this has been lacking since Simon left. I think Adam Lambert would be perfect as he showed just how important it is to be totally honest w contestants when he mentored during S9. He was a hit with the contestants, judges and audience.

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