The “American Idol” rumor mill is at it again. Several big names are being dropped as potential judges for season 12 of the competition, including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and former Black Eyed Peas members will.i.am and Fergie.
However, one name can definitely be crossed off the list. Katy Perry told the Hollywood Reporter, “People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it’s not right for me yet.” The “Wide Awake” singer went on to say, “it’s a real commitment to be on one of those shows. … I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas.”
Whether or not any of the past season’s judges will be returning is uncertain. At the moment, neither Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler nor Jennifer Lopez have signed a contract for season 12. While “American Idol” management has said that it wants Jennifer Lopez to return to the judges table, the 42-year-old singer and actress said in May that she may not be coming back for a third season.
There are also rumors that Jackson, who is the only original judge left on the show, will be replaced by season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert. However Lambert did tell GossipCop.com, “If Idol wants to talk to me about judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.” Jackson has yet to comment on the rumor.
Auditions for season 12 of “American Idol” are already underway, and the show will be returning to Fox mid-January 2013.
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