Is ‘Idol’ really cleaning house? Read on to find out why the judges could be leaving — and who might be replacing them!
American Idol‘s three new judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — might not want to get too comfortable in their seats at the panel, according to a shocking new report which claims that none of them are being asked back next season. In fact, even veteran Randy Jackson is reportedly on his way out! “All four are gone,” a source tells TheWrap. “[Producers] feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”
HollywoodLife.com has confirmed that producers are planning a total overhaul for next season. A source tells us that, moving forward, “Idol is going to be different in format, with the focus on fun.”
But does more fun mean new judges? It sure sounds that way! Our source explains:
Nicki isn’t coming back, it’s just not going to happen with Mariah. And if they get rid of Mariah, they’ll let her ‘quit’ and give that same option to Randy since he has been a big important part of the show. But Mariah and Randy are a package deal, and everyone loves Keith, but he would be collateral damage. … If they are going to fire anyone, its Nicki, she’s a pain in the ass.
Will Harry Connick Jr. Join ‘American Idol’ As A Judge?
With at least one spot open for next season — let’s be real, even if all four judges don’t get the axe, the show is still a revolving door of celebrities — this season’s contestants recently told HollywoodLife.com exactly who they want to see on the panel: Harry Connick Jr.!
“[Harry is] the most honest person I have ever met in my whole life,” Candice Glover — our personal favorite to win this season — told us. “He has such a dry sense of humor; you never know when he’s kidding or being serious. He’s really honest, so I think he should be a judge next year.”
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HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Fox for comment, but in the meantime, how do YOU feel about the possibility of losing all four judges next season?
— Andy Swift