Jennifer Hudson is reportedly in talks to join “American Idol” as a judge for season 13.
Jennifer finished 7th on season 3, but went onto become one of the “Idol” franchise’s biggest stars, winning an Academy Award for her role in “Dreamgirls,” and a Grammy Award for her debut album.
While JHud would certainly provide a much-needed boost for this ailing franchise, I thought it would be helpful to consider other possibilities. Here’s a look at other “Idol” alums we might like to see on the panel.
During her original season on “Idol,” Melinda was the compassionate big sister, always looking out for her fellow contestants. Despite being easily the best vocalist of her season, she was always so happy to see the other contestants succeed. This character trait would make her a great mentor.
Melinda is also one of the better “Idol” commentators out there. Her TV Line recaps are consistently enjoyable, insightful, and funny. She would be a thoughtful and intelligent addition to the judging panel.
With his talent, charisma, and unique flair, Adam makes for great television. His “Titanium” duet with Angie Miller is just another example of his artistry and his ability to put his own spin on a familiar song.
Glambert also did a wonderful job as a mentor on season 9. He was extremely knowledgeable and refreshingly honest, and we could tell that he was really invested in the contestants’ success. Adam would bring insight, candor, and humor to the judging panel.
Given Clay’s long-standing feud with Adam, and his fallout with Constantine Maroulis, Clay seems to have a bit of trouble getting along with people.
I’d be interested in putting Clay and Adam on the panel together for one reason only–to see if he and Adam could find some way to bury the hatchet.
Every panel needs a “nice” judge, and David might be a wise choice. Having a young person on the panel might also make the process a little less intimidating for these contestants. As a versatile musician who is equally comfortable performing ballads, R&B, and Latin, he would also provide a well-rounded and balanced perspective.
My only reservation is that David is so soft-spoken and genuinely sweet that he could have trouble delivering bad news or harsh criticisms.
Whether you loved or hated Simon, you could always count on him to deliver sharp, insightful critiques, and to speak the truth as he saw it.
Simon’s “X Factor” experiment seems to have struggled these past two seasons, with the mediocre ratings, and the changes in the judging panel. And his protege, Melanie Amaro, hast yet to release a debut album. So why not cut his losses and return to “Idol,” where he was respected, loved, and where he had a proven track record of success?
Who would you like to see on the judging panel? Would you like to see JHud as a judge? Would Adam make a great mentor for the contestants? Can “Idol” bounce back after a season of Nicki Minaj? Or is it too little too late?
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