Will 'American Idol' Alumni Take Over The Judges' Table? (We Hope So!)

Reports say Jennifer Hudson has signed a deal with the show, and Kelly Clarkson may do the same -- which is a great idea

American Idol has now been around long enough that it can turn to the celebrities the show itself made famous to act as judges. With Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban reportedly not returning to the Fox singing competition, the new stars rumored to replace the judges all come from Idol's past.

A source confirms to E! News that Jennifer Hudson has signed a deal to act as a judge in Season 13. Also expected to join are Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken. Here's a breakdown of the potential candidates.

Jennifer Hudson
Year she competed/place she finished: 2004/7th place
What she's most famous for post-Idol: For ranking so low the year she competed, Hudson has gone on to have an impressive career. She won a Grammy for her debut album, an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls, and our hearts for making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle and become the face of Weight Watchers.
Why she'd be a good judge: Hudson has proved to be a great personality and, with Smash not coming back, we'd still like to see her week to week.

Kelly Clarkson
Year she competed/place she finished: 2002/1st place
What she's most famous for post-Idol: Clarkson was the first winner of American Idol, and that gives her a very special claim to fame. She's gone on to massive international success as a pop star.
Why she'd be a good judge: Clarkson has a better understanding of what it takes to be the face of this show than anyone else out there.

Adam Lambert
Year he competed/place he finished: 2009/2nd place
What he's most famous for post-Idol: Lambert has continued to make music -- and he also made records for being the first openly gay artist to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
Why he'd be a good judge: It's time to diversify the judge's table. Lambert is fun to watch, and could liven things up between Clarkson and Hudson.

Clay Aiken
Year he competed/place he finished: 2003/2nd place
What he's most famous for post-Idol: In addition to his music career, Aiken has also written a book, Learning to Sing; guest starred on comedies like Scrubs and 30 Rock; and finished as runner-up on another reality competition: The Celebrity Apprentice.
Why he wouldn't be a good judge: Though he's continued to be a presence since Idol, Aiken is a candidate most people likely forgot about. And from what we remember, he doesn't have a personality fitted for the judges table -- especially if he's following up people like Minaj and Carey.

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