While Hudson did not win her season three round, she arguably has one of the most successful careers of any “Idol” contestant. She even snagged herself an Academy Award in 2006 for her role in “Dreamgirls.”
The show apparently wants the entire judges panel to be full of former contestants, having set their eyes on Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken. According to reports, Clarkson, who previously judged on singing competition “Duets,” is close to signing a deal.
Producers are also apparently going back to the original three-member panel instead of four. Current “Idol” judges, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, will not be returning to the show.