The search is on. With Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler exiting American Idol, the producers at Fox are working over time to fill the empty judging slots. Mariah Carey is reportedly close to signing a deal with the hit show, but that still leaves one spot to be filled. Rumors are circulating that the new American Idol host may be a former contestant like Carrie Underwood or Clay Aiken.
According to Rumor Fix, celebrities like Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Niki Minaj, will.i.am, Charlie Sheen, have all been considered as potential candidates for the open spot. But the producers are now looking at past contestants. The gossip site reports that Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks have all been contacted by Fox about the potential gig.
According to the Christian Post, “dozens” of potential candidates are being interviewed by Fox to become American Idol judges. Soon-to-be-former American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez said that choosing a new host is a very time-consuming process because Fox isn’t hiring an individual, they are hiring someone who has to mesh with the other judges.
“They’re gonna have their work cut out for them. I think just to find that balance again and that magic that happens when the people sit there.”
Do you think a former contestant would make a good judge on American Idol?