Things are getting busy for American Idol rumormongers. On the heels of the recent report that Idol brass was eager to get Adam Lambert on board as a new judge, several new names are emerging as possibilities, with the clear message being that Fox wants its most important show to get younger.
E! News, which first reported the Lambert rumor, added several new names to the producers’ reported wish list. They include Will.i.am, his Black Eyed Peas cohort Fergie, current movie star Katy Perry, tabloid perennial Miley Cyrus, and space creature Nicki Minaj. All of these acts have some past relationship to Idol: Will.i.am and Cyrus have been guest mentors, and Perry had a surprisingly effective appearance as a guest audition judge in Season 9.
Perry has already publicly said she’s not interested in Idol at this time, but there haven’t been any comments on the rumors from any of the others who are named. The most intriguing name on the list is probably Cyrus, who has been making a lot of “I’m all grown up now” tabloid news lately, but hasn’t been doing much actual work. She would make for an obvious contrast with fellow Disney teen Demi Lovato over at The X Factor. It may be true that Miley isn’t the greatest singer in the world, but that’s never been much of a qualification for Idol judging before.
Is there anyone you’d like to see considered that hasn’t been mentioned in any of the current rumors?