E! sources confirm that TV singing competition American Idol has tapped Season 3 alum Jennifer Hudson to take a seat on the judges’ panel next season.
According to reports, J-Hud may be joined by Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson to fill seats left behind by Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson.
“It’s ‘Idol’ alums bringing in the next generation,” one E! source says.
There’s no telling if looking to the past will help elevate the show’s plummeting ratings, but Hudson’s lovable personality should translate well on the AI panel.
FOX has not confirmed reports.