With the news that ‘American Idol’ is ending in 2016 comes the big question: Will the original judges come back at some point? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on whether Simon, Paula and Randy will be making an epic return!
American Idol’s final season won’t be complete without an appearance from the original judging trio! HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned if Simon Cowell, 55, Paula Abdul, 52, and Randy Jackson, 58, will return in the reality show’s fifteenth and final season. The original three judges haven’t been on Idol together as a whole since season eight!
‘American Idol’ Final Season: Will Simon, Paula & Randy Return?
“Without a doubt, the original three judges will come back to American Idol to do something during the final season,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com. “It is easily the one thing to expect to happen next year!”
This is exciting! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the original judges back together at the judges table. Since Paula and Simon left the show in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, American Idol has seen a slew of different judges over the years, including Steven Tyler, 67, Nicki Minaj, 31, and Mariah Carey, 45. The current judges are Jennifer Lopez, 45, Keith Urban, 47, and Harry Connick, Jr, 47.
When the news was announced on May 11 that American Idol was ending in 2016, FOX co-chairman and co-CEO Dana Walden revealed that the final season would be a celebration of Idol‘s run. She also admitted that the door is open for the trio to return.
“We would welcome any of them back,” Walden said, PEOPLE reports. “We’re having conversations about anything you can imagine about what would be celebratory, what would feel nostalgic, and anything you might do to send the show off in a way that feels memorable.”
HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Simon and Paula’s rep for comment.
In honor of the show’s upcoming end, we’ve created an amazing quiz to find out what American Idol winner you are! This will totally get you pumped for the American Idol season 14 finale, which is set to air May 12 and May 13 on FOX.
HollywoodLifers, do you think the original judges will return for the final season of American Idol? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson, with reporting by Russ Weakland