It looks like the "American Idol" judging panel could be getting a complete overhaul now that Steven Tyler is putting it in his rear view mirror. Jennifer Lopez finally announced that she is also moving on, after milking her agony over the decision for all it was worth, generating a whirlwind of "will she, won't she" buzz.
Then there are the rumors that old "Dawg" Randy Jackson may be asked to vacate his spot to make room for a higher profile occupant. That would make it a clean sweep.
So who will be sitting in the judges' seats when auditions for Season 12 begin? As of this morning, the favored contender is Mariah Carey, who's worked with Jackson in the past. A FOX representative told People Magazine that "they are in serious talks."
One of the best places to look for new employees is that pool of temps your team has already been working with. At least that way you're getting a known quantity. "American Idol" has a sneaky way of auditioning potential future judges - they give them a "guest mentor" gig. Here are a few guest mentors who've proven they have the experience and instincts to weed out the weak singers and encourage the great ones.
Lady Gaga - if they're looking for a judge who'll attract viewers and be exciting to watch, she's it. Gaga would have Tyler's unpredictable craziness, and there's absolutely no one who has a better understanding of what American kids what to see when they go to a concert. What she lacks in age and experience, she makes up for in sheer, mad creativity.
Mary J. Blige -O.k, I admit it, Blige is my personal favorite based on her performance as a mentor during Season 11. Here's why. The urban singer has a tremendously versatile voice. She not only knew exactly what the contestants should be doing differently, she could demonstrate it in a way that they were actually able to follow.
Blige also understood each contestant well enough to redirect them to songs that were a much better choice for them. So often the judges just seem to be groping in the dark when they pick the songs. Blige is a natural talent developer.
Akon - the controversial hip hop singer is actually something of a contestant's choice. Season 11 runner up, Jessica Sanchez listed him as a favorite, for his help in perfecting her performance of Jazmine Sullivan's "Stuttering."
Akon has experience as a music producer, as well as, a performer. He's collaborated with artists like Gwen Stefani and 50 Cent. Of course, his criminal past could be tough to explain to any future contestants who are eliminated because of their own run ins with the law.
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