May 24, 2013 01:30 PM
It looks like it's going to be alumni reunion year on American Idol next season.
Jennifer Hudson is currently in talks to join the Idol panel, Deadline is reporting. Her addition to the judging table would mark two firsts for the show. She would be the first alum and the first Oscar winner to judge the reality competition.
Although she placed an astonishing seventh place, the aspiring EGOT, who has won a Grammy, an Oscar, and starred on NBC's Smash, was season three's true winner.
As Vulture reported exclusively on Wednesday, Jennifer may be one of several Idol veterans to return as a judge next season. The original American Idol Kelly Clarkson and runner-ups Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are also being courted by FOX.
This is the first stage in a massive show overhaul intended to improve its ratings slump. The network's entertainment president Kevin Reilly said last week that Idol will most likely revert to its initial three-judge panel. The show's facelift will also likely include executive producer Nigel Lythgoethe's exit. He first left the talent competition in 2008, but returned two years later when judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler replaced Simon Cowell.
It's good to see that Idol is retuning to its roots!
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