American Idol may have its first former contestant sit on the judging panel next season. E! Online is reporting that American Idol executives have been talking to Adam Lambert for over a month now. It still looks like Jennifer Lopez may not return for a third season of judging unless Fox can convince her to change her mind. In addition sources are reporting that Randy Jackson and/or Steven Tyler may be dropped. Producer Nigel Lythgoe says, "Everything is up in the air." The current panel has been criticized for being too easy on contestants.
Adam Lambert finished second on American Idol, but he has emerged as a pop star and become one of the most successful of the show's former contestants. His most recent studio album Trespassing hit #1 on the album chart. Adam Lambert has also performed live with the iconic rock band Queen. It seems that American Idol producers may be keeping an eye on X Factor's hiring of contemporary pop stars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to serve on the show's judging panel this fall.
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