Report: Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal to Be 'American Idol' Judge


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Another 'Idol' alum Kelly Clarkson is allegedly also close to signing on to return to the singing competition series as a judge.

"American Idol" has allegedly sealed one judge for the next installment. Following rumor that the show's producers wanted an all-alumni panel, sources tell E! News that Jennifer Hudson has inked a deal to take one of the seats in the upcoming 13th season.

Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken are also rumored being wanted as judges. The site learns that the "My Life Would Suck Without You" songstress is close to signing on, but there's no word on whether it's Lambert or Aiken who will take the other spot.

"It's Idol alums bringing in the next generation," says a source of the idea behind the casting of the judges.

Another source, however, previously said that Bruno Mars was among those courted to be a judge on the show. "Harry Connick Jr., Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars is their so-called 'dream team'," the source revealed, adding that the producers "would really like to add a former Idol to the panel."

Words are, FOX is going to change the entire judge line-up of "Idol" for the next season following ratings decline. Randy Jackson himself has confirmed his departure from the reality series after 12 seasons.

FOX's longtime alternative programming chief Mike Darnell, who helped launch "Idol" and other unscripted series on the network, has just announced his decision to depart from the network as well.

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