Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images Photo: Kelly Clarkson Performs at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

Every day, it seems like more grist for the American Idol rumor mill arises, particularly the buzz surrounding replacing the current judges. Keith Urban has expressed interesting in remaining, Randy Jackson is Seacrest-out, and the other two are most certainly out as well. An article on tvworld.com suggests the entire panel and even possibly executive producer Nigel Lythgoe are being ousted, giving them a clean sweep.

The most recent rumor is that the FOX execs, FremantleMedia, and 19 Entertainment have approached a few well known American Idol alums, like Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Clay Aiken.

We had already called Adam Lambert, who we think would be a stellar choice, but we’re doubtful about the others. Jennifer Hudson has already expressed her opinion that the show has run its course, even saying they should go out on top.

Kelly Clarkson told The Wall Street Journal that she would never be a judge on the show that launched her into stardom. As she explained, “The one thing I did do was Duets on TV, and that was because I got to be a part of the process. I’m not really good at telling people how to do something. I’m better at showing them. So, yeah, that really wouldn’t be my forte.”

As for Clay Aiken, that might work, although it wouldn’t be our first choice.

We had heard that, after dishing out millions on star power at the judges table this year, the execs were thinking that less famous stars might be the way to go. With this thinking, alums are a good idea, although we feel like a combination of non-alums and alums would probably be best. Perhaps a Keith, Carrie Underwood, Adam panel? Now there’s a dream team.

Who do you think should be at the American Idol judges table next season?

Source: tvworld.com

Credit: Celebified Photo: American Idol Season 3 Contestant Jennifer Hudson Signs on as New Judge for Season 13!