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Confirmed: Jennifer Hudson will be a judge on American Idol 13 – Report

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It’s official: American Idol has added its first alum to the judging panel.

E! News has confirmed from multiple sources close to the situation that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has officially signed a deal to sit at the judges’ table for season 13. The rumors have been circling for several days that Hudson was a frontrunner for the completely revamped judging panel, as part of a plan to staff the judges’ table with Idol alums. The remaining two spots on what’s expected to be a three-judge panel are expected to go to two other Idol vets: Kelly Clarkson and one of either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

Sources report that Clarkson is close to signing on, though there is no word yet on Lambert or Aiken. It’s expected that the producers will choose either one or the other, and not both, as the intention is to stick to a three-person panel.

[alert type=”warning”]Editor Update: Kelly Clarkson is NOT going to be a judge as CONFIRMED by her rep according to The Hollywood Reporter. — Rickey[/alert]

“It’s Idol alums bringing in the next generation,” says one FOX source about the motivation for this latest casting plan.

Hudson didn’t win the show’s third season but ultimately went on to have one of the most successful post-Idol careers, winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2006’s Dreamgirls.

FOX offered no comment on Hudson’s casting.

Via: E! Online

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    JoeTranch
    JoeTranch moderator

    At this point, they should just go with Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets.

    djsastra
    djsastra

    well, at least AI is not hiring Paulina Rubiwho.

    khaleesi
    khaleesi

    damn, AI will now be bombarded with those jenny craig ads every commercial break..uggh :)

    KariCook
    KariCook

    I agree. If she said American Idol should bow out and stop then why is she going to be a judge? That makes no sense. I don't really like the idea of having her on it. I think if they're going to get Alumni it should be people who made top 3 at least so they know the whole process from start to close to finish.

    thelimoboy
    thelimoboy

    This was the same person who said that American Idol should bow out right? Guess anything for that paycheck. 

    While I though she was a good singer, I never found her interesting in the slightest and I don't think she'll be able to be concise or blunt without sugarcoating MariahCarey-isms, but I guess we'll see. 

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    It is not about what judge comes in next year. It is about the legitimacy of the show. We seen standing ovations for mediocre performances all year. We also saw an idol winner who was called a lounge singer by Simon Cowell and who was not even in the top 40 in 2012. We all new what Idol wanted at the beginning of the show this year. There was not going be any male white singers playing guitar. In fact no white men  playin guitar was nowhere near the shows gates and thats when you knew the fix was in. Idol was already receiving  bad press and potential lawsuit by 9 previous black performers was pending. Thats when I knew that a Afro Amercan female was winning the show. There goes that lawsuit. What I did see this year there was no male conestants that had a slight chance on winning. What are the odds on that. What I also saw was an 18 year old girl who was not a great singer but had more star potential than any on the show especially after her original song and permance was outstanding. She was the favored odds wise the whole season but whats even more curious she was voted off when every poll in America had her going to the final against Candice. The poll wasn't even close. The FIX was officially in! That was it for me. If you can take a poll of America you would see when a show loses its legitimacy that's when fans tune off just as I did. Idol,please watch what the Voice does and notice the judges only stand when the performance is outstanding and the decision on the winner is partly on ITunes sales which us the audience invest in. Bravo to the Voice and we are watching Idol getting flushed down the toilet. So bring in new judges but thats not the problem. I wonder why the Dog, Randy Jackson quit? Maybe he saw what producers were doing. The sinking ship is sinking quick.

    Rickey
    Rickey moderator

    Updated the post with news on Kelly Clarkson. She aint doing it people!

    JoeTranch
    JoeTranch moderator

    Hi, I'm responding to your comment to me on the prior post. I agree with you and think she was doing just fine without this. I don't think America is craving more Jennifer Hudson enough to tune in to watch her weekly, and I don't think an all-star Idol panel is a good idea unless they can snag Carrie and Kelly. I still think the best thing Jennifer Hudson has done was conquering the show with an Academy Award. Even if Idol helped land her that audition, the show was not truly invested in her or her career at all.

    takakupo
    takakupo

    @KariCook I don't agree. I think people are trying to make Hudson the enemy because she criticized idol which shouldn't be the case. Obviously someone convinced her this was the best move or she thinks that she can make idol a better show. Either way, in my book, Jennifer Hudson is a more than decent addition and I respect the show for getting her to come on. 

    AdrianS
    AdrianS

    I'm sorry but polls don't mean shit nowadays Candice had a good chance at being the winner like Angie did and I think they all have star potential and what does a lawsuit have anything to do with there being a black winner anyway. No one ever thought there was a problem there being a WGWG winning the show but now that a black person has finally won the show now your adding conspiracy theories as to why that happen. I look at it this way not everyone thought Angie was great including myself and ultimately she was voted off that's just how it went.

    luv70s
    luv70s

    @Rickey well if that is the case.  this could be interesting if BOTH Clay and Adam sign.  Oy!

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    @AdrianS     When polls on anything that have someone getting 60% of the vote than it does mean something. By the way if you are  an Idol watcher there have been three black winners in previous seasons and to of the three deserved it and I voted for them. Clay should of been the winner in his season. He out sung Rueben at the end and many people agree with me.@tonytank7777   You see I say the truth no matter what color or race you are.  Sometimes the truth hurts. The fix was in..

    JoeTranch
    JoeTranch moderator

    @NickRoman1 Ha! I just thought of something funny. Imagine Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe reading this article during Top 12 week of Season 3.

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    @AdrianS   Well if they wanted a girl to win than that means the producers are determining the winner. That means that the show is not a legitimate show. I felt because of the bias white male winners that the best possible scenario was an Afro American female singer. Isn't it a fact this same singer was not in the top 40 two years ago when Randy Jackson was the judge. You can't go from not making the top 40 and than winning. What did she do in those few years. Did I think she had two very good performances. Yes I did and I felt that she should of came in 2nd showing you how bad the talent was. That's my opinions and polls that substantial don't lie.   

    AdrianS
    AdrianS

    That's not what I'm saying I'm just stating the facts I do believe that the show wanted a girl to win this season it clearly doesn't matter what race you are.your the one who's saying its fixed because a black person won which makes no sense to me. Any who they were all considered front runners at the beginning of the show and either one of them including Angie would've won but she came in third.

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    @AdrianS So you telling me because an Afro American has not won in a few years it should be there turn now. So you answered the question. It was fixed. The definition of a poll does not mean the person was better but the person got more votes than its opponent. You have your own opinion toward Candice but the majority according to the polls had Angie the best. In fact none of these contestants on Idol in talent are near most of the top 12 talent on the Voice.

    KatManFoSho
    KatManFoSho

    @AdrianS - Rueben, Fantasia, Jordan and Candice.  When I went to school that adds up to four.  :)

    AdrianS
    AdrianS

    Yes three African Americans have won the show but how long was that since we've had a black singer win the show before Candice? Not to mention We haven't had that many African on the in recent years as well. just because Angie won those polls doesn't really mean she was the best in any way clearly Candice Glover was overall a better contestant and had standout performances so if everyone thinks its a fix is on them at the end of the Candice won so deal with it.