American Idol is experiencing another judging renaissance. With Mariah Carey replacing Jennifer Lopez as the female judge the question still remains – who will fill the vacancy left by Steven Tyler?

Apparently his polar opposite that’s who! Deadline is reporting that country star Brad Paisley may step up to the plate as the final judge.


Apparently the execs at Fox think a country judge seems logical since many of the most successful Idol alums have been in the country genre – most notably superstar Carrie Underwood! Brad has performed on Idol and has toured with both Carrie and previous winner-turned-superstar, Scottie McCreery.

Additionally The Voice had a lot of success with Blake Shelton on their judging panel and Idol is hoping to possibly boost falling ratings by doing the same.

Apparently AI is also considering adding a fourth judge to the panel – another woman – and the name being bantered around? S1 winner Kelly Clarkson! Kelly starred in this summer’s Duets on rival network ABC.

Another Idol winner, Adam Lambert has also been on the short-list to join the judging panel.

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