With Jennifer Lopez off doing her own thing off in South America, it’s getting safer and safer to say that she isn’t going to return for season 12 of “American Idol.” Rumors of who will be taking her place have recently landed on an ‘Idol’ vet.
No, it’s not Carrie Underwood – though that would be pretty sweet. Word on the street is that Adam Lambert is being considered by FOX as the next ‘Idol’ judge.
E! news reports that the singer’s name has been bouncing around the idea factory at FOX for a while now.
“They have been talking about Adam for over a month,” a source said. “He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start.”
While the "Idol" people may be talking ABOUT Adam, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are talking TO Adam. In a statement to Hollyscoop, Lambert says, "Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career. IF Idol wants to talk to me about Judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation."
It's not too hard to read between the lines...sounds like Lambert is open to the idea but they haven't asked him yet.
The move from J.Lo to Lambert is a smart choice for a smooth transition. After all, Adam knows pop music, he’s been judged before, and he kind of looks like a chick.
The source went on, “He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
If you’re not familiar with Lambert, he was the second placer on season 8 of “Idol,” back in the Simon-Paula heyday. Continuous with the “American Idol” curse, Lambert’s runner up spot went on to rocket his career past the winner Kris Allen. (Kris who?)
Lambert is also easy to spot because every time he steps out into public, he sports his iconic spiky hairdo that makes him look like the Winter Warlock from the children’s claymation classic Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.
Of course, choosing Lambert would highlight a younger demographic for the show. According to E! news, that’s a trend consistent with “The X Factor” that “Idol” is interested in perusing moving forward. Rumor has it that Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler might be the next to go.
“Randy is great, but he's part of the old Idol," the source said. "They want to keep the soul of the show but have a new look, and for that reason he may well not be part of the new line up."
And for Steven, it’s “all up in the air” too.
According to producer Nigel Lythgoe, all these updates have yet to be confirmed.
“As of this moment in time, we are still in negotiations as we are with everybody,” said Lythgoe.
No word yet from Lambert's rep if he's officially been offered the gig.