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Former American Idol contestants Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson are set to return to the show as judges. Kelly - who won the first season in 2002 - and Jennifer - who placed seventh in 2004 - have been approached by producers to join the panel of the new series after they decided to replace Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Veteran judge Randy Jackson recently quit the show and bosses want to return to a three person format, with Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert among those who have been approached to take the final spot.
"Nothing is final yet, it's 95 per cent there. The alum panel will be Fox's attempt to reignite ratings by bringing back Idol faces that the fans care about. It's Idol stars guiding the next generation," a Fox source told E! News.
Kelly Rowland is in "final negotiations" to join The X Factor.
The Destiny's Child singer and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are expected to be announced as the new judges on the FOX singing competition on Monday, TMZ is reporting. After weeks of speculation, the pair are said to be signing a deal this weekend to sit alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judging panel for the program's third season. They would replace departing judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.
Kelly is no stranger to reality shows, having been a judge on The X Factor UK in 2011, while Paulina coached for The Voice Mexico. This comes after Simon announced on Twitter yesterday, "We start x factor auditions in charleston on Tuesday. The new panel will be announced Monday. This is going to be an interesting show! (sic)"
His right hand man Louis Walsh also recently revealed the music mogul was looking to shake things up with a female-heavy panel this year. "I think he's going to use three girls. Three girls and Simon. He wants to be the only male there ... It's like Charlie's Angels. I think it will be Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and another," Louis said.
Nicki Minaj is set to quit American Idol after one season. The "Moment For Life" singer has reportedly decided not to return to the reality show's judging panel because she wants to focus on her own music career.
"It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol. She's okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway," a source said.
The 30-year-old rapper joined the show alongside fellow new judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, and veteran judge Randy Jackson, who recently confirmed he is leaving the show. It was previously revealed that producers want to see the show return to a three-judge format next season for the first time in five years in a bid to combat the show's declining ratings.
Kevin Reilly, Fox's entertainment chairman, also revealed all of the judges, including Nicki, had been invited back. Speculation was rife as to whether Mariah and Nicki would return for a second season after a series of explosive public rows. Mariah was said to be planning to quit because of their vicious spats.
A mole told The Wrap that former panelist Christina - who left the show in 2012 after three seasons to promote her latest album LOTUS - is expected to return this autumn after signing a deal worth a rumored $17 million.
It is as yet unclear whether Cee Lo Green, who also departed last year, will be returning alongside Christina or whether his popular replacement, Usher, will stay on.
The current line-up of NBC's singing competition, which also features Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, has proved a hit with audiences and ratings are at an all-time high. Producer Matt Burnett confirmed Shakira's departure and explained change was a natural progress when working with successful recording artists: "Everybody can't coach for life because when you have people with current recording in the game, this is not their job. Their job is their fans and making music and being live, and so we knew from the beginning that this would happen, and we've had six coaches. They all have another life and their schedules."
American Idol is returning to a three judge format. The singing competition's 13th season will have a diminished panel for the first time in five years in a bid to combat the Fox show's declining ratings.
Kevin Reilly, Fox's entertainment chairman, also revealed current judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj had been invited back, despite veteran mentor Randy Jackson deciding to leave the panel. "The format will have fresh twists for next season," the TV boss said. Kevin went on to hint the expanded middle rounds were likely to be revamped since he believes they are responsible for dwindling viewing figures.
Demi Lovato wants Britney Spears to return to The X Factor. The "Toxic" singer quit as a judge after just one season on the show and Demi is devastated she won't be working with Britney again, although she has come up with a suitable replacement.
"I wish Britney would come back. My next pick is Lady Gaga though, she's so cool," she said.
Demi and Simon Cowell are the only remaining members of the panel after L.A. Reid also quit at the end of last season, and the TV mogul says top of his list for the new panel is chemistry between the judges. "Simon delivered a simple message: Forget the big names and go for chemistry. He said all these shows have become distracted by signing celebrities rather than judges who really have something to say. We have all seen that big names don't translate into big ratings. Chemistry is top of the list of demands for next season. [Only Demi will return because her chemistry with Simon was] the best thing about the panel last year," a source said.
Both Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Kelly Rowland have been rumored as possible replacements to join the panel in 2014.
Jennifer Love-Hewitt is in the running to be a judge on X Factor.
The 34-year-old actress - who hit the charts in 2002 with her single "BareNaked" - is rumored to be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the third season of the pop star search show as a replacement for the departed L.A. Reid and Britney Spears.
Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, a source said, "Simon is very interested [in Jennifer]." Cowell, 53, has two positions up for grabs on the judging panel and is believed to be chatting to several celebrities about the roles, although Hewitt is believed to be one of the favorites along with Kelly Rowland - who judged one series of the UK version of The X Factor. "Simon has always remained a fan of Kelly's and she's most definitely in the mix to join the judging panel on X Factor," a source said previously.
A representative for The X Factor has described the rumors as "pure speculation," though none have yet been denied.
Hewitt has released four albums in her career but turned her back on music in 2004. However, this year she recorded a cover of "I'm a Woman" to promote the second season of her TV show The Client List.
American Idol producers secretly plotted to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez. Bosses were keen to see the return of "On the Floor" singer Jennifer midway through the show's current season but, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, once they were threatened with legal action by Mariah's team they backed off.
The insiders added a search has already begun to replace Mariah, Nicki Minaj and possibly even the entire judge's panel - which also includes Randy Jackson and Keith Urban - for the next season.
Mariah was a huge signing for the show, but has proved less popular with viewers on the show than Jennifer, who appeared in the previous two seasons, was. Mariah's comments and criticism have been criticized as passive and disengaged, and she has been overshadowed by Nicki on the show.
However, another source says research has shown Nicki's performance on the show has not been as popular as expected, adding, "The core viewer is a Midwestern, Southern, older woman who is threatened by Nicki's aggressiveness."
Glee has been renewed for two more seasons. The musical/comedy show has been confirmed for series five and six after impressing Fox bosses with its ratings in its fourth season.
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture. Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show and I'm absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons," said Fox president Kevin Reilly.
Cory Monteith has been written out of Glee's season finale after checking into rehab. The 30-year-old actor - who plays Finn Hudson in the comedy-drama show "voluntarily" admitted himself into a facility for "substance addiction" and show bosses have decided to write him out of the finale with his absence explained.
Twentieth Century Fox, which makes Glee has also come out in support for his recent ordeal, releasing a statement saying, "Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return."
A spokesperson for Cory revealed the actor - who is dating his co-star Lea Michele - had taken steps to deal with his addiction by voluntarily admitting himself to a treatment facility. The representative said, "[Cory] has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."
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