Gossip site, Radaronline, is reporting that American Idol is reaching out to former contestants, asking them to get involved with the show’s 12th season:
According to a source, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken and a few other former Idol folks have received calls from FOX.
“Idol is reaching out to try and gauge the interest of former contestants coming back on the show to participate in some way,” the insider revealed.
“They wouldn’t necessarily be in judging positions, but the show wants them involved.”
There have been reports that Adam Lambert is being considered for one of the vacant seats on the judges’ panel.
A couple of years ago, all the Idol winners participated in a promo for the show. The campaign, featuring all the winners in their hometowns, hit a nostalgic note with fans, reminding them how Idol can take a young hopeful and turn them into a star.
While Idol may have been snubbed by Emmy this year, it’s got something newbies on the block like The Voice may never have, a 10 year plus history of alums who are working steadily in the showbiz world. Whether they are superstars like Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, or staying constantly busy like Taylor Hicks, Idol has an impressive roster of graduates who have made their mark in music, film and theater.
While the Voice could barely give their Season 1 finalists the time of day during the run of season 2, American Idol brings back not only the winners, but many past finalists to perform on the show. It’s one of the reasons why Idol alums generally remain grateful to the show, rather than bitter.