Why Won’t American Idol Hire Jennifer Hudson or Adam Lambert as Judges?
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Why Won’t American Idol Hire Jennifer Hudson or Adam Lambert as Judges?

American Idol Season 13 is looking increasingly bleak. Day after day goes by without any news of the producers having landed anyone to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez at the judges' table.

Inexplicably, however, the producers seem to be ignoring two of Idol's biggest stars: Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.

In an op-ed for The Wrap, columnist Jethro Nededog argues that the show is foolish to pass over the two artists, both of whom have found widespread success after their tenure as Idol contestants — and both of whom have expressed interest in becoming judges.

"Hudson and Lambert would make excellent choices for judges," Jethro opines. "Not only would they remind the show's viewers of its ability to make stars even if one doesn't win — star-making is the biggest thing that separates Idol from its competitors currently — but they both also have careers that would stand up against most artists in the industry today. Note: The thunderous welcome both received during their appearances on last Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards."

Jethro lays out three theories for why Idol may be passing over both breakout stars, all three of which make the show look pretty bad: 1) Producers realize that reinvention may not be the option, 2) they're afraid to turn off viewers with an openly gay judge like Adam, and 3) they can't decide if they want stars or industry insiders as judges.

The argument is convincing, and we have to say, we'd love to see Adam and Jennifer passing judgment in Season 13.

Here's hoping that producers wise up the duo… or find judges who are even better additions to the panel, if such a feat is possible.

Source: The Wrap

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

08.30.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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