If the latest American Idol judging rumor is to be believed, the Fox juggernaut might be thinking about replacing rock legend Steven Tyler with … earnest country star Brad Paisley? Really?
Deadline Hollywood reports that Paisley is being “seriously considered” for the empty chair – the thinking apparently being that it’s time to finally bring a country-oriented judge to the show, considering the success of Carrie Underwood and the promising career start for Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. And while no one at Fox would ever admit this, the presence of Blake Shelton on The Voice has to be a factor also.
The Deadline report also claims, more ominously, that Idol deep thinkers are considering possibly going with a four-judge panel again, as was seen in Seasons 8 and 9. Let’s hope saner thoughts eventually prevail.
Is there much behind this rumor? Paisley is in the prime of his career in a way no previous Idol judge has been, so the demands on his time might be more than he can swing. But he’s displayed some likability in his major television work to this point, hosting the CMA Awards opposite Underwood the last several years. And Paisley would give the loyal country audience a reason to check out Idol in those seasons when there are no future Nashville stars in the mix.
What are your thoughts on Brad Paisley (or perhaps someone else from the country world) joining Idol?