Adam Lambert to Be 'Idol' Judge? Other 'Idol' Alums Who Would Be Good Judges

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E! News announced that former "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert is in talks to join the show as a judge next season. Lambert, one of the most flamboyant and outspoken former contestants from the show, is said to have "a human touch, and they know they can't go wrong if they bring him on."

Lambert was a runner up in the eighth season of the show but went on to become a successful recording artist anyway. Lambert released his debut album, "For Your Entertainment," and watched as it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Lambert released his second album, "Trespassing," in May 2012, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

While Lambert is an obvious choice for a spot on the show as a judge, there are other "American Idol" alums who would also make great judges.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson won the very first "American Idol" competition in 2002 and released her debut album, "Thankful" in 2003, debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 1. Since her breakout, Clarkson has released five albums and remains one of the most successful "American Idol" alums. Clarkson has won 12 Billboard Music Awards and two Grammys.

Clarkson is also experienced in the reality TV world, outside of being a contestant. She was a guest mentor on "X-Factor" and "The Voice." In 2012, Clarkson joined on as a mentor on the new reality show, "Duets." With experience in four different competitive shows, Clarkson would be a perfect judge.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood surpassed Clarkson as the most successful musical talent to graduate from "American Idol." Her first album, "Some Hearts," was seven-time platinum and all four of her albums have been best sellers. Underwood won 11 ACM Music Awards and five Grammys and Garth Brooks inducted her into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.

Underwood has also appeared on TV on a regular basis as a long-time co-host of the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, proving to be funny and personable in front of the camera. She seems to be a natural fit to be a judge on "American Idol," and as one of the most successful, would be a great choice.

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