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Exclusive: Jennifer Hudson Will Only Judge “American Idol” If Kelly Clarkson Does!



The rumors are true! Jennifer Hudson is indeed in talks to return to American Idol…as a judge. But, there’s one catch. Sources close to Hudson’s camp have told HipHollywood exclusively that Hudson will only do so if Kelly Clarkson returns as well.

According to the source, Fox is cleaning house and is now speaking with past AI winners to return as judges. On their wish list: Hudson, Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert.

Hudson’s camp tells us that Jennifer is intrigued by the idea of returning to the place that helped propel her to superstardom but will only do so if Clarkson joins her.


Hudson returned just last week to perform during the show’s season finale. Check out her performance with Idol’s Season 12 winner Candice Glover, singing Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”

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  1. Gigi

    May 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Jennifer Hudson is so unlikeable. American Idol would be foolish to ask her. Ask Kelly and Adam

  2. kat

    May 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Ummmmm would this be the same Jennifer Hudson who said last year that Idol should just go out on top? She doesn’t deserve the chance if she doesn’t believe in it anymore. Hypocrite. Sign up down to earth, humble, charismatic, charming, articulate, witty, talented, gorgeous, Adam Lambert, That guy oozes charm. His smile is warm and his stage presence is one of a kind. He would do it for the sole purpose of helping people live their dreams. He doesn’t have the need to stand out and hog the limelight like Jennifer seems to do. Not a fan of Jennifer Hudson but a mighty big fan of the man Adam Lambert. Sign him up Idol.

  3. Lee

    May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    My suggestion for the judges’ panel would be Melinda Doolittle, Adam Lambert and Nile Rodgers. That would include two of the best singers from Idol and someone very experienced in the industry to replace Randy. All three have the ability to critique honestly, eloquently and succinctly in a very entertaining manner. Melinda critiques the show on Idology every week with Michael Slezak. Adam has been an excellent mentor on a variety of shows, including Idol. He recently was a guest judge on the new Chinese version of Idol . Nile has impeccable credentials (Chic, Daft Punk, Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross to name a few). All three would keep the show focused on the contestants.

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