Posted: Jul 30, 2013
One week after Idol host Ryan Seacrest hinted that he hopes “to spend a lot of time” with Keith in the coming months, a new report claims our country judge “looks set to return” for a new season of the show.
But with the exit of Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the question still remains: Who will join Keith?
The judge update in the Hollywood Reporter also points towards the return of season 10 and 11 judge Jennifer Lopez, but salary negotiations have reportedly stalled a final deal.
Show alums Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert are also said to still be in talks to potentially join the panel.
Meanwhile, new names being thrown into the judging rumor mill are Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am and well-known producer Dr. Luke, who’s worked in the past with original Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
According to the report, reps for FOX nor Idol’s production company would provide comment.
American Idol auditions are currently underway. The show returns to our TV screens in January.