Nick Jonas Being Considered for American Idol Judge? (Confirmed)

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When I first heard Nick Jonas was being considered for an American Idol judge I just assumed he was one of those people just thrown into the mix for drama.  He’s young, but really the Jonas Brothers have vanished from the spotlight over the past few years.  However, Nick recently posted this on his Twitter account:

 

@NickJonas: The rumors are true… I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol

 

Will Idol go the X Factor way and take a young Disney artist?  If you remember, Nick’s brother Joe was a guest judge on American Idol 9 before Ellen joined the panel.  Recently, Nick has appeared “SMASH” with Katharine McPhee and starred in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.”  Nick could be filling that quota that was originally discussed to be filled by someone like Miley Cyrus.  Nick definitely seems on-board with the job, and I’m sure Idol wouldn’t be willing to pay him more than a few million, if that.  Nick then also fills the “cheap judge” spot.  He could also pull in his fangirl army for a ratings bump, but isn’t that also guaranteeing another WGWG then?

I have to wonder if Idol gave Nick the okay to post that tweet though.  Usually they like to swirl up drama and announce judges spontaneously.  Regardless, if Nick takes/is offered the job, where does that leave Brad Paisley, Randy Jackson, and Pharrell?  At this point, I’d say the panel is shaping up to look like Nick, Mariah, and Brad.  Just a guess.  Don’t see any chemistry there whatsoever.

DISCUSS!

 
  • Mateja Praznik

     #YAWN

    So Randy, Mariah, Nick and Brad?

    4x YAWN.

  • Anonymous

    “At this point, I’d say the panel is shaping up to look like Nick, JLo, and Brad.  Just a guess.”
    I’m sure you mean Mariah.    And hopefully, you are correct in omitting
    Randy !!

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Come on, we all know the WGWG dominance is because of the frau, not the tweens. Tweens are watching TVD or other relevant shows

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who thinks it would be strange if Nick is a judge on idol while his brother Joe is judging a show on the CW, The Next Fame Is At Your Doorstep and Kevin also has one on E! Married to Jonas. That’s too many Jobros on tv.

  • Anonymous

    Seems they’re not really looking for people who would be excellent judges – people who know how to give good, solid constructive criticism and not be afraid to voice that opinion. They just looking for people who can boost ratings to various demographics. The contestants are becoming more of a side note than the actual focus.

    The show has jumped the shark so badly it’s doing cartwheels around it.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Miley would be a better choice, even though I think she’d make a horrible judge.  At least she doesn’t seem to have a filter, so she would be entertaining.  Her presence would change the tone of the show, it would be a bad change, but people would tune in to see the train wreck.  

    Nick Jonas isn’t given enough credit for having a good voice, or being a smart musician, but I can’t see what he would have to offer to the panel.  Maybe he’d be a surprise, and actual do a good job.

  • Anonymous

    I think what he is saying is true.  He is being considered.  But I also think that there are 6-7 people also being considered; half of who have not been leaked to the public.

  • Anonymous

    This might sound rude, but if we’re going to go for a Jonas brother, can we atleast get the hot one, Joe? :P

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, talk about irrelevant. I was excited by the idea of Pharrell, but at this point it looks like idol is really embracing its wholesome family persona. There is not one thing edgy or unique about that panel. In my mind Nick Jonas is a complete has been.

  • Guest

    Please no.

    What happened to the Adam rumors?!?!?! COME BACK!!!

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A mess of pottage appears to be what Idol is aiming for.  New fans?  perhaps.  Old fans?  questionable.

  • Anonymous

    I also have a hunch they have already signed all the judges.  It’s just a waiting game until the Olympics are over.

  • Anonymous

    Time to start exercising my thumb in preparation for fast forwarding.
    Seriously, I will give the new panel a chance, but I need to be prepared for the probability that thumb will be working overtime.

  • Anonymous

    I’m becoming more and more disappointed with Idol. What are they thinking!!

  • Anonymous

    It sure sounds like it will be Randy, Mariah, Brad and Nick on the panel. Pharrell will be in if Randy does leave. I do think they need someone like Nick to attract the younger demographic but I am not so sure Nick is the right choice.  I do not believe that any ex idols were ever really in the running to be a judge on AI except maybe possibly Carrie or Kelly.

  • Guest

    I’m in the extreme minority, but I’d rather have Nick Jonas than some of the other choices floating around like Paisley.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    my reaction in a form of a gif:
    http://i.minus.com/iOHf8N9okcQtS.gif

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking the same thing, the choices have been made and they are waiting till after the Olympics end to make an announcement. I don’t think Nick Jonas is going to be one of them. Cute guy, but he lacks personality. Plus we need some judges that won’t be intimidated by Mariah and would be willing to state an opinion that didn’t jive with hers when necessary.  

  • jan

    I think they will go with a 4 judge panel – more diversity and more demographics represented.

  • Mateja Praznik

    What if the goal is to make sure Mariah is the Queen Bee of this panel?

    Randy would be her lap dog and Nick Jonas and Brad Paisley seen more or less low key and laid back.

  • Anonymous

    Really? ugh seriously, cant stand Mariah, would love Brad but Nick Jonas, really Idol what are you doing to yourself, two people who’s better days are behind them, sigh

  • DavieP

    Capital UGH

    if thats the panel, im willing to jump ship for good

  • Anonymous

    I think that if (big if) he were to be involved, it would be as a mentor. Permanent mentors seem to be the new trend in singing shows.  Plus a way to bring in more viewers.  Just another way to not focus on the contestants.

  • DavieP

    Let jonas be the male x factor cohost..dont know his personality but prob better fit than idol judge

  • Anonymous

    It’s such a safe, unimaginative, lame, middle of the road choice, which is why I think it’ll happen.  Idol needs to get creative and come up with some new ideas instead of just reacting to what X factor and the Voice do.   Even though Demi is young she is current, on the way up, and has a fan base whereas the Jonas fan base has moved on to 1D and Justin.  The fact that this is idol’s idea of trying to attract younger viewers tells me I really need to move on.  

  • DavieP

    Is he still popular with the youth these days? Werent they popular a few yyears ago?

  • Anonymous

    Not since their last tour (with Demi) didn’t do so hot & they split up to do their own things. Kevin got married, Nick released a flop solo cd & Joe followed that up with a flop of his own.  They have since bought their way out of their deal with Hollywood Records and are preparing for a comeback.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously agree.  I miss the days where we had contestants like Fantasia and someone like Simon with whit on the panel.  I’ve watched since season 3 and I hate what idol has become and I hoped they would make an effort to bring back some of the edge and fun with the new panel but now it doesn’t seem like that is where they want to go.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see this tweet as confirmation of him being chosen as a judge.  I see it as campaigning.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Nick Jonas?  REAAAALLLLY?  He is so over and also boring.  I hope AI does not select him.  What a yawner.  I am still hoping Adam is in the mix.  I like it when Adam speaks.  He at least can string 3 words together and be interesting. 

    I also hope Randy has a different role.  I think Mariah, Pharrell and Adam would be an amazing, interesting pannel.  

  • Anonymous

    But that’s kind of what I don’t even get about this choice.  Without being mean the Jonas brothers no longer have a fan base.  I forget which one released a solo album but it bombed, so why not either go for someone who would be a great judge for the reasons you said or pick a young celebrity who is more interesting and has a larger fan base.

  • Stavros

     you are right! fixed it, thanks :) and yes i meant to leave out Randy hehe. I’m guessing he’ll be a mentor or they’re going the four-judge path

  • Karen C

    If they have signed the judges, and are just waiting, it’s actually unlikely that Nick Jonas is a judge, because he probably wouldn’t say anything.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Watch it – you’re speaking truth, and some (Jack Nicholson voice) CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTHHH!! LOLOL… I’m looking forward to the changes, the possibility – the possibility of Idol getting more diverse contestants, a more diverse audience so hopefully the WGWG Stranglehold will be broken… Will be fun watching heads explode this upcoming season if judges like Nick Jones, Mariah and anyone else deemed unsuitable are chosen :) Ch-ch-ch-ch-changesssssssss :)

  • newinNM

    Yawn is right, who knows maybe this would be the greatest judging panel in history, but will anyone care?   I’ll admit I’m still team #adamonidol, at least peoples were talking about him.  Love the boy or hate him, people like to talk about him. That’s what Idol needs right now, judges people want to talk about! Now I’m not saying he’s the right person for the job, but if not, who is.  Who else can idol actually get that can get people talking? Justin Timberlake, Pink, GaGa, Katy Perry, Kelly or Carrie,  I’d talk about them, but of course SO not available!  How about Taylor Hicks? Let’s be honest if they offer Taylor the job, you’d talk about it!   But than again American’s Got Talent got Howard Stern for shock value and did it really help the ratings once the “talent” showed up. So once you get the judges in place and get as much promo out of it as you can, it comes back to the contestants.  We then need contestants we actually care enough about to tune in for, care enough about to talk about.  We need water cooler moments and I’m not sure after 11 years Idol can make that happen.  And after 11 years I’m not sure I care.

  • Karen C

    Not sure what I think about this, I’m not sure how he would be as a judge. 

    I still think they should have at least one music industry person as a judge, like they did in the past.

    I think what is needed most in a judge is someone who is experienced in the music industry, and could give constructive criticism to the contestants.  Not just say everything that they do is good, but can really help them improve.  I think Simon used to play this role sometimes, but his comments were too negative most of the time, though Paula would sometimes give more positive comments, and together I think the old team used to give some constructive criticism, and that’s what we’ve been missing the past two years.

  • http://twitter.com/heretohearyou Sandy

    If American Idol really wants to shake up its format then they need someone with an edge like Adam Lambert.  First he has the unique perspective of having gone the Idol journey–and remember the excitement he caused during season 8 and while on tour?  Since then he has had a successful sold out world tour, was Grammy nominated, was the only Idol alumnus to mentor on the show, did a mini tour with Queen which was very well received, and has been on numerous TV shows and has been interviewed hundreds of times.  He comes across as honest, savy, witty, articulate, and charming.  He is what the show needs to get people excited again.

  • Anonymous

    All this speculations is fun and all, but it’s not over until the WGWG wins ;)

    AKA…Fox (and only Fox) announce the judges.

  • Anonymous

    People usually don’t talk about the deals they have in progress.  They usually say I can’t talk about that, or don’t talk about it. So this is odd.

  • Anonymous

    I saw an interview with Nick Jonas on a local theatre news show in NY when he was in “How to Succeed…,” and I was pleasantly surprised at how eloquent, intelligent, and mature he was. I was never a Jonas Bros fan, and I thought Joe Jonas made a complete fool of himself when he sat in on the Idol auditions a while ago. The only thing he managed to say was “Ah…yeah.”

    Nick might have some chops here, although I think it might be better for a judge to have more life experience.

    I think they should forget about finding a “big name,” and bring in an experienced record producer or someone who works in artist development. No one knew who Simon Cowell was when Idol began, so a big name isn’t necessary.

  • Kitwana

    I agree that Nick Jonas is not as hot as he was between 2007-2008. But I think he meets the main criteria of what Idol is looking for in at least one of the judges for its panel. He is YOUNG.  He’ll be 20 in a month. Idol knows that it is losing its tween dominance and has clearly decided that it needs a young judge to hold on to them.  The judging spot that Nick is filling would not, I believe, have been open to Kelly, Adam, Clay or Taylor because at 30+, they are all simply too old.  They would be competing for the Brad Paisley spot.  When you think of it, there would not be a lot of young singers that could tick the boxes that Nick does. Yes, he is not as relevant today as in 2008 but he was at least at one point very popular.  As we’ve seen with JLo, Idol does have the ability to revive the careers of former stars. Miley is hotter at the moment (although not as hot as she was) but she’s probably not wholesome enough for Idol now that she has decided to go down the Britney route.  In terms of singing talent, I think Nick is average at best.  But again, you can’t compare him with older singers but with his contemporaries.  Among his contemporaries like Bieber, Miley, Selena Gomez or even One Direction, I have no difficulty saying that he is “talented”.  So I think Nick Jonas as a judge for the “young judge” spot does make sense.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone heard anything on the Pharrell rumor?  Since both names were leaked at the same time I’m imagining there is some truth to that rumor as well.  I could potentially watch Pharrell, Mariah, and Brad.  I wouldn’t necessarily tune in for them but if I heard good things about it once the show started I might give it a try, but I just really can’t imagine being interested in watching Randy, Mariah, Nick, and Brad.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Are there going to be three or four judges? Does it depend on which judges they can get? I really hope Randy is being moved to a different role.

  • Anonymous

    DO NOT WANT. That’s what I think of that.

  • Anonymous

    I really do not think it is surprising that AI would want a younger judge. I am not really a fan of Nick’s but I am sure he wants to do it as it would be a huge boost to his career.

  • Anonymous

    ugh

  • Anonymous

    No thanks.

    If Idol feels the need to hire a young judge, at least get someone who is actually  relevant to the current music scene. The JoBros are old news when it comes to the teen/tween crowd.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think just being young is enough to bring in any viewers.  The contestants have been getting younger and they lowered the age limit but that hasn’t done anything to bring in viewers.  IMO the only way a judge can bring in new viewers is if they either have a dedicated fan base that will tune in to see them (Britney), they have excellent chemistry (Blake and Adam), or they bring buzz (Christina.)  I don’t think Nick has any of that so I can’t see it helping and I can’t tell you how much I hate the idea of having to cater to a wholesome image.

  • Anonymous

    He’s adorable and pretty talented, but Nick and Mariah Carey won’t criticize at all. It’s just such a waste to fill the chairs with pretty singers. I’d rather have three promoters like Jimmy Iovine or Simon Cowell.

  • Karen C

    The thing about Adam, though, he recently tweeted that a Tresspassing tour will come at the right time.  If he was going to do do Idol, he wouldn’t be able to do a full tour until next summer, most likely.    Whoever the judge is going to be, they would have to be available the next few months, for auditions, and also be available when the live shows start, unless he tours in between all that. 

    Though I do think Adam would make a good judge.

  • jan

    Hmm – I just checked and Nick J has over 4.6 million twitter followers. Since twitter was not big when the Jonai were at their peak – he probably got those followers while on the way down. There might be pent up interest in him – not interest in his music – but interest in him. It all depends on whether he is willing to show personality & musical knowledge while judging.

  • Anonymous

    I like this. A pop diva, country singer and young guy. And Nick is not just a teen idol. He acts too and I would take his input a lot more seriously than The Beeb. As for the Adam Lambert rumours? I think ENews started that to get the Glamberts riled up. And why not? It worked!

  • Anonymous

    Brad is awesome and still relevant. He would get a lot of his fans to watch the show.

    Randy, blah.

    Mariah is one of the biggest female artists of all time. Bigger than Britney.

    How is Nick any worse than getting Demi for XF?

  • Anonymous

    Mariah-She is one of the biggest female artists of all time. Even bigger than Britney.

    Brad-One of the biggest country stars today-way bigger than Blake Shelton.

    Randy-You are right, blah.

    Nick-No worse than getting Demi for X Factor. Has she even had a platinum album? At least the Jonas brothers did at one point.

  • Anonymous

    The show has jumped the shark so badly it’s doing cartwheels around it.

    Nah, the show jumped the shark a long time ago when Taylor Hicks won season 5.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    “I think Mariah, Pharrell and Adam would be an amazing, interesting pannel.”

    That sounds like a HOT panel. But something tells me Brad Paisley is going to end up getting in, and I have a feeling they will expand the judges to four. Why? I also think to keep things cheap in an eroding economy deeply affecting the entertainment industry, particularly for poor network TV ratings, they will allow Idol to be a 2-hour show. I hope I’m wrong, but we’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    I think Idol needs to throw a bone to the demographic they have before throwing a bone to the demographic they want.

  • Kitwana

    The added bonus of having Nick Jonas on Idol is that he brings along his Manager/Dad who many have claimed is a real stage dad. The interactions between Nigel and PapaJonas alone would make the show more interesting to follow. @PapaJonas has close to half a million followers and he is very closely involved in his sons’ careers. Doubt he would let Nick play second fiddle to anyone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    They’ve spent too many years, IMO, catering to an aging demographic and getting complacent vis a vis ratings, having no real competition and just plain old arrogance on the part of tptb that they let a lot of current trends and more mainstream music trends pass them by. If it were not for Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood the little bit of relevance and respect they hold would be bupkus. No harm IMO in trying to change their approach – even though I feel they’ve waited too long and have gotten too “fat, dumb and happy” to really effect the kind of change to turn things around… I give them props for trying.

  • Anonymous

    Wish the producers would realize it’s what the judges say that is important, not who the judges are. Bringing in celebrities will bring a 1 or 2 week spike in ratings followed by a serious slump if they are not able to follow through and do the job. Long term it will be more destructive to the show. They need to find judges with personality, wit, musical insight, an eye for what’s current, and the balls to tell the contestants the truth. Do that and they will get long-term ratings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Well said.

  • http://twitter.com/glitzyhearts_x Krista

    I don’t think we’ll know anything until next month. When Steven and J.Lo were announced as judges the official announcement came then. 

  • Trina

    I have no problem with him at all. I saw him in How To Succeed and thought he was fantastic. He’s a really talented young guy and he does still have a lot of fans. And really, unless they pick someone who’s cranking Top 10 hits right now like the 1D guys or Katy Perry I can see anyone being called “so over”.  Hell even Mariah and Britney I keep seeing from some that no one cares about them anymore because they arent all over the radio.  When AI first started do you think anyone gave a crap about Randy or Paula? When The Voice started Adam Levine wasnt a current hitmaker either.

  • Incipit

    “If you remember, Nick’s brother Joe was a guest judge on American Idol 9 before Ellen joined the panel.” 

    Ahah. Thanks for the detail, mj. I did remember one of the brothers was a guest judge, but I find them irrelevant after that hot mess of a performance on the Season 7 Finale. It was the first time I ever saw them do anything together, and the last. I can’t keep them straight – I just knew whichever Jonas it was on Season9, he barely said a mumbling word. 

    So, does this JBrother actually talk? Or have a track record of talking about, umm, music, if he does?

  • Anonymous

    I read many good reports of Nick in “How to Succeed”.  Glad to see yours on this site.  Of course, he didn’t sell tickets like Darren Criss and the show closed.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have fans, just not enough in NY to keep the show going 8 times a week at very high prices.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Maybe they are looking for a quiet and passive judge. Having waited on Brad Paisley before, several different times, I know he is an arrogant jerk. He’s also one of the only celebrities I have waited on from the Nashville crowd who tips horribly. Will his true persona appear on Idol, I’m pretty sure it will eventually come out. Mariah will throw shade, but most likely, she will try to be extra sweet and give slightly backhanded compliments as people have their “moments”. Randy will start off trying to be relevant and then pimp his brooches this season and worry more about coming up with a catch phrase that makes him seem interesting. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Mmmm, MMMM, this tea tastes good! We have a potential country divo heah, lol.  Lemme grab a biscuit – pour some more tea chile! :)

  • everything

    Wish the producers would realize it’s what the judges say that is important, not who the judges are.

    In the end, the audience will vote for whoever they like.  If anything, there’s a backlash to whoever the judges are trying to throw under the bus or overly favored. That said, with Mariah Carey a sure thing, and Brad Paisley almost a sure thing, Nick Jonas would be the fish out of water on this panel make-up.

  • http://twitter.com/livsim Ivan

    Kanye! Kanye! Kanye!

  • Larc

    I have mixed feelings about Nick as a judge.  While he seems to be intelligent and well grounded, I doubt there’s a 19 year-old on earth who is sufficiently seasoned to meet requirements the job appears to call for.  He will be 20 by about the time contestants start to see the judges in audition cities, but that’s not exactly a huge step up.  Of course, the ability to be an astute judge is probably way down on Idol’s list of concerns and no more than gravy to them.  Their main interests are evidently how much buzz somebody can cause and how many viewers they can bring to the show.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    He would be awesome but it would take way more than Mariah money for it to happen, probably double to start.

  • mmb

    Sorry. I saw nick in how to succeed and I thought he was not good at all. Vocally not up to the task and lacking the charisma to pull off the role. I was bored while watching one of my favorite musicals. None of which has anything to do with whether he would be a good judge on Idol. I agree with MJ that a Mariah/Nick/Brad panel is uninspiring

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Let the record show that I was the first (that I know of) to suggest him here. The logic being if the Idol fan base repeatedly votes in young white guys who can sing they might like one they can look forward to seeing every week. Plus, I thought he was charming when he met Karen Rodriguez on the Ryan Seacrest show. Tell Nick I’ll only charge him a 1% finders fee.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, I think you mean it got idolberts riled up. The outraged idol fan posts outnumbered the glambert posts 3-1 lol

  • Anonymous

    Adam has already said he probably won’t tour til 2013 tho.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Nick Jonas would be an excellent choice.  He spent a lot of time in show business, performing on the Broadway since age 7 and having pretty successful music career.  He is, definitely, more relevant that Pharell.  He has lots of young fans and if current Idol fans don’t like him – all the better, Idol needs new fans.

  • Idolnot

    Looks like I am not watching this season. A Jonas and a country and a diva. WTF! Can you have a more mismatched panel of boredom and uselessness.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

     

    Please no.

    What happened to the Adam rumors?!?!?! COME BACK!!!

    Please NO!

  • Anonymous

    Adam has been in ‘showbusiness’ and performing on stage, and in a band etc since he was 10, thats 20 years experience, has sold over 4m records, and had a grammy nomination…but apparently that isn’t enough to warrent being a judge, so why should it be enough for Nick Jonas with less experience?

  • Anonymous

     I really want a music industry person for the third (and I hope there are only three) judge.  I don’t care if the person’s name is known outside the industry.  I just want someone with experience in the presently tight, unprofitable music market.  What’s the point of watching to see your favorites flail in the real world?  Perhaps someone with industry experience can offer suggestions on how a contestant can take their sound and put a twist on it to make it potentially more commercial.  Yeah, I know, I’m wearing rose-colored spectacles and their are no fairy godmothers . . .

  • Anonymous

    I mentioned Nick Jonas to my 10yo as a possible Idol judge, she used to be a bit of a fan of the Jonas Brothers, especially in her Camp Rock days….she didn’t seem too impressed with the idea though…..now if it was Liam from 1D being put forward she’d be beyond excited…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    If Nigel and Idol was just playing us when they threw Adam’s name out there, then I for one am done forever with this show.   To use Adam like this to garner publicity for this show, which it did then disappoint all those people who voted that he would be the best judge gives his BS new meaning.  S Factor here I come.  

  • Anonymous

    First negative post I’ve seen of Nick in “How to Succeed”.  So now I would have to say “he got mixed reviews”. 

    I agree, it has nothing to do with the judge’s role.  However, if their comments are scripted, or loosely scripted, it does require some acting ability to pull it off.  Just from what I saw on “Smash”, he does have enough to be convincing.  

  • Anonymous

    Someone else mentioned the chemistry between the judges, and that could be an issue, too.  I shudder when I think of the judging trainwreck that was Season 9.  I hope Idol is taking that into consideration.

    * * * * * * * * * *

    For me, a big NO to Nick Jonas, NO to Miley Cyrus, and NO to Adam Lambert.

    With respect to that last “NO,” I like Adam and think he could make a good judge and might get some chemistry going with Mariah.  BUT:

    (a) he needs to focus on his own career, including:

         (i) growing his fanbase among non-Idol watchers, and

         (ii)  getting radio on-board to play his music;

    (b) I am not sure being an Idol judge would help Adam’s career (or any ex-Idol) in the same way it has done for JLo and Steven Tyler.  (Those two were already established, even if their music careers were not current.)  Such a move might be perceived in a negative light (a former Idol returning to the show because he or she was not able to establish themselves outside the Idol Bubble).  Obviously, that would not apply to Kelly C. or Carrie U. and perhaps one or two others, but for most, it might. 

    (c) I don’t like the idea of any ex-Idol contestant as a judge, because of the reality or perception that the Idol’s fanbase might vote for whatever contestant their Idol appears to favor on the show.

    PUH-LEEZE, isn’t the current voting system bad enough without adding debates about whether a former-Idol contestant judge’s fanbase is skewing the vote?  I’m sure Mariah has a fanbase, too, but in all likelihood fewer of her fans are avid Idol watchers or voters.

     

  • Anonymous

    “To use Adam like this to garner publicity for this show, ”

    Hate to tell you this but (if memory serves me correctly) their contract with Idol lets them use the contestants names and likeness forever any way they want to.  If it gets more publicity for the show, then that’s the goal.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    Why would anyone tweet this when it is supposed to be confidential? Perhaps they have picked and it is not Nick?

    I will hope that Fox has someone much better in mind.

    It also appears that they have talked to a lot of people.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

       The show has jumped the shark so badly it’s doing cartwheels around it.

    Nah, the show jumped the shark a long time ago when Taylor Hicks won season 5.

    Would someone please explain this “jumped the shark” idea?  Taylor was America’s favorite singer.  I simply don’t understand this.  Thank you.

  • Kitwana

    HKFan I really don’t think Adam would get the spot that Nick Jonas is up for. It’s not because he is not talented or because he is a former Idol but because the producers clearly want a younger judge a la Demi Lovato. Idol wants the next Bieber or 1D. Being a former teen idol, Nick would have unique insight in identifying such a contestant. Yes, Adam may have been performing for 20 years but I don’t recall him ever being a teen idol. I think that if Adam were even 23 or 24, I think he would be considered but 30 or 31 is just too old for the “young judge” slot that Nick is filling. As for talent, I think you have to compare Nick to his contemporaries (Adam is not a Nick Jonas contemporary). Among his contemporaries, Nick is talented.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

     

    ….has sold over 4m records…

    HUH?

  • http://twitter.com/Lillyfield2 Cherry Lillyfield

    I think Adam is out of the running, for whatever reason.  With this new group, though, I don’t even look forward to watching the new season.

  • Anonymous

    Demi Lovato is current/relevant. She has hit songs on the radio and sells pretty well. The JoBros haven’t had a hit single or album in at least 2 years, maybe longer. And both Nick and Joe Jonas’ solo albums flopped.

  • jan

     

    To use Adam like this to garner publicity for this show

    How do we know that the AI people were responsible for the leak. Maybe it was Adam’s PR team. We really don’t know the source of the leak and who was using who.

    I imagine that the show sent out feelers to dozens of entertainers – would they be interested? AI would then form a roster of people that were “interested” and start negotiating from there. Remember immediately after the leak that Adam was under consideration – several other names were leaked as also under consideration – possibly by their PR teams.

    We still don’t know who will ultimately be chosen – or what is happening in negotiations. Maybe Adam doesn’t want to be the cheap judge? Maybe he feels he can do better working with Queen?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/57KPQ4K7HIGPGR7PDW333QMZJQ Steppen

    I cannot see how he would have good chemistry with Mariah Carey. Mariah would eat him up.

  • Anonymous

    Being relevant doesn’t make you a better or worse judge.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    If Nick were actually being considered for a judge, I don’t think he’d be allowed to say anything. If so, then he just blew Idol’s big moment for their big announcement. I think, he probably was in consideration, and isn’t now, so Idol is OK with the rumor. Keeps their buzz going and gives him some PR. None of the other leaks have come from the artists themselves, not Mariah’s, not Paisley’s, not Adam’s. The “leaks” that did come from artists, like Toby Keith, came after they were no longer being considered. To me, this tweet tells me Nick Jonas is not in the running anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know how many names have been “thrown out there?” A lot. Adam is no different than any of the other names. Only he isn’t as relevant.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad that people don’t watch for the contestants and instead watch for the judges.

  • Axxxel

    Playing with Adam’s name during the American Idol’s judges search was to me just a publicity stunt to indirectly draw the attention to 6 Adam’s performances with Queen in Europe at that time in July 2012. Then again, as an Adam fan, it was fun to read about all these speculations…

  • http://twitter.com/heretohearyou Sandy

    The judges on the Voice are not “spring chickens”. No offense to Nick but how can any 19 year old judge/give advice to  their own peers or even older contestants.  Just doesn’t make logical sense.

  • http://twitter.com/heretohearyou Sandy

    Good point– plus–Idol tried to garner the younger demographic by lowering the contestant eligibilty age requirement and that didn’t work as far as ratings.  The demograph is that young and older women watching and voting.  The Voice has older judges and they are doing just fine.  Nick is a good guy but it is silly to have such a “young’un” advising his own peers and contestants up to the age of –what is it 28 now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    agreed to Holden17c bring in experienced record producer or artist development for a judge what AI need is to find a special star which can sell and famous and who can judge

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    yes music industry person Jimmy Iovine 

  • http://twitter.com/heretohearyou Sandy

    Based on what?–The fact that he has years of musical theatre experience including Wicked and the Zodiac Theatre, has been Grammy nominated and sold out his first tour all over the world, was the only contestant asked to come back and mentor on AI, sang with Queen in a mini tour, hmmm—not relevant?  What is your criteria here?

  • merkureye

    The term “jumped the shark” originated from an episode of “Happy Days”.  The writers created a storyline where the cast of Happy Days go to Hollywood for Fonzy’s movie screen test. 

    The movie script was Fonzy clashing with a cocky local California beach boy.  The clash results in a ski race with a tie-breaker being each skier required to jump a shark in a netted area in the ocean.  In his signature leather jacket, The Fonz goes up the ski ramp and successfully jumps the netted area where the shark was corralled-thus “jumping the shark.”

    As you can see, this plot line is far astray from the “American Graffiti-esque” fifties “drag main and hang at the malt shop” kind of vibe the show was famous for.

    The term “jump the shark” has become a synonymous with a TV show running out of fresh ideas and as a result, resorting to gimmicks to stem the slow decline in viewership.  A TV show that has “jumped the shark” is usually considered past the point of recovery. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Nick Jonas. Mariah Carey. Brad Paisley.

    Not sure if that’s a judging panel I can actually say “I AM SO EXCITED FOR SEASON 12!” (even though I’m hooked on Idol which means I’ll watch anyway out of curiosity.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guilherme-Santos/100000846666929 Guilherme Santos

    Seems like Idol its oficially becoming the show of the eye candies for girls and coulgars. Not only the winners, but now on the judges pannel. Find the best talent of the nation? The breakout supertar? No more…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Why doesn’t IDol just have a contest on who the viewers want to judge Idol?

    Seems like a way to make the viewers happy and then Idol executives get a panel they know the viewers will support. 

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    GUESS WHO we won’t be fan warring over in this thread? Yep you’re right!

  • Anonymous

    By the way…I am not the author of this post, it’s Stavros…. He helped out this afternoon while I was away from my computer. :)

    Personally, I’m not making any judgements on the panel until I see them in action.

  • Anonymous

    Yuk!  Well, he’s better than Miley.    Hope they find someone better…

    Mariah won’t like looking like a whale next to these small thin men.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Looks like Idol wants new viewers, they sick of all the old grandmas that watch the show currently.  They need to find judges who would attract new demographic while repelling the old viewers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    I’ll take him over Brad P. At least he’s very good to look at. =P

  • Incipit

     They need to find judges who would attract new demographic while repelling the old viewers.

    Heh. If it was a deliberate plan, Idol has been having plenty of ‘success’ in quickly shedding a great many regular viewers last season. So have many other Network shows. When do they start attracting the same number of new viewers?

    It seems to be easier to dump the original demographic that has mostly been around for eleven years than it is to attract a new one.  

  • http://twitter.com/monica050581 Monica Linder

    This show has gone from my most beloved show to most annoyed show…it’s all right. more space on my DVR to record other shows. :)

  • blackberryharvest

     He is also the boring one.

  • blackberryharvest

    I don’t mean to generalize, and I realize this is not all true, but it seems to me that the people who are most angry about this are the ones who were hoping that Adam would be a judge. I noticed that with Brad Paisley too-I feel like a lot of people didn’t want him as a judge because he was a threat to Adam’s spot on the panel. 

  • Anonymous

    People don’t mean to generalize, but then they go ahead and do it anyhow.  Funny.

  • Anonymous

    Know nothing about Jonas – criterion is he someone whose opinion people would be interested in hearing.  Simon was whether you liked him or not – and he was wrong and had his blind spots – nevertheless, I wanted to hear him – and so did everyone else as far as I could see.  He kept me interested for a long time till S9 when he was on his way out.

  • Anonymous

    “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

    I’m not a country music fan so definitely not a Brad P fan, but I’d rather look at Brad P than Nick Jonas.. LOL.. Brad’s way better looking than Nick..

  • Anonymous

    You don’t mean to generalize but you do it and you’re jump way high to conclussion there! I saw a lot of Adam fans like Brad P and that includes me. I’m no country fan but I like Brad P.

  • Incipit

    criterion is he someone whose opinion people would be interested in hearing.

    lovetheusa1776, I don’t put much faith in the Idol judges’ opinions, never did, after all the bloopers over the years, but especially after the last few seasons, and the jack in the box SO’s were the last straw. I would be very pleased if even one of them had an informed opinion to share, one that didn’t sound like cant or pablum, an attempt at being witty, or like it was filtered through TPTB’s agenda. I don’t expect it.

    I think one performer’s opinion on the panel is plenty, as long as there is experience to back it up – that’s the crux of an informed opinion, to me. A producer who can think on their feet and is articulate, a person with recent experience in the industry, those would be on a wish list – but I’m still going to draw my own conclusions, no matter what the judges do or don’t say.

    So they can be superfluous entertainment, if that’s what TPTB want, idc – and that’s what they seem to want, with these latest candidate lists. I will not be interested in hearing their opinion. Now, if there is someone on the panel who has an informed opinion ‘worth’ hearing – then I’ll be interested.

    But the first and last time I heard one of those, it was on a whole other show.

  • Karen C

    I think if they want younger viewers, they have to get an A&R person that discovered the young stars as a judge. Then make stars out of the contestants.   I also think one way to do this is to have more voting rounds, and to go back to having a longer semifinal. 

    If the show is going to break out of the current pattern, it’s going to have to be a really spectacular contestant that creates a buzz that’s enough to reach the general public, and that’s how to bring in new viewers.  I don’t think this has really happened in a few years.

    ETA: Though they did have Jimmy Iovine, but I think him in the mentoring role isn’t helping, maybe go back to having the performers in the mentoring role, and him or someone like him as a judge.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they have catered to an aging demographic (except in the sense that we are all aging all of the time).   The Powers that be on this show are not young themselves and love certain musical traditions, not to mention their friends.  It is easy to do this, especially when music seems to be less fundamental to peoples lives than it once was, at least if you look at sales.  No television show can afford to throw away a demographic, but Idol may if it skews too young.  The best buying demographic is 18-49, but that is two generations – and they don’t exalt the same performers:  even Kelly Clarkson is part of an older demographic.  I’m not at all certain teens love her so much as older (thirties and forties) fans; to a teen, a thirty year old is close to an antique. 

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    One thing about this semi-announcement is interesting. Nick and his brother are shopping for a label. Given Idol’s ability to re-ignite record sales and interest in celebrity judges, maybe Idol is thinking of NJ as a potential extra income stream for the label.

    Also, the NJ obstensively has the demographic they desire.

    I think he is cute but I can’t see him being an exciting judge.

    The selection of him makes me think of the media description of Adam Lambert as the older, edgier Jonas brother. They could have had Jonas Plus. Not to mention: Mariah tension + Adam = real nails and real wit. 

    I’ve been a casual Idol viewer in recent years. Can’t see myself sticking around for this panel. Mind you, I thought S. Tyler was a weird choice and I ended up loving him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    This kind of fan/ potential viewer could be one type of new viewer Mariah could bring to the show… mind you he’s hilarious and a little OTT (ya think?  lol), but she has fans across all demos, lovers of her style of pop, rnb and hip hop flavored tunes.  Idol hasn’t done a good job IMO seeking out or catering to that demo, and if her ‘Lambs’ and the other judges fans begin showing interest in the show and voting, it could bring new energy to the show. Be it Brad Paisley, Jonas or whoever they pick for panel, if they can bring their fans along and there are contestants who make it through who make it interesting to watch them sing each week, it could be something good…

    eta – Someone alerted Mariah to this fan and his OTT Enthusiasm and she tweeted him, lol… we may see this guy down the road somewhere, lol

    Mariah Carey – Triumphant Vintage Throwback Remix – first listen AAAAAH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QnbbuzGfAj4

  • Anonymous

    Nick as a judge doesn’t excite me at all. That would make one bland panel.

  • Anonymous

    Joe Jonas doesn’t need to be interesting if he’s hot. I can stare at him and mute. ^_^

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your adam observation except for C. I don’t think his f support who he likes because they like I’m. He tweets his faves all the time and they don’t win. I dont think we have to really worry about a judges fan base skewing votes. But I do like the idea of a former contestant judging idol. Kelly, Carrie, Chris D, even Clay. Like you, though, I want Adam focused on his music career

  • Anonymous

    Eh, I only see few Adam fans voicing their disapproval of Jonas/paisley and it’s not mainly because of ADam’s spot but because posters here are majority neither a country fans or Tweens. And I don’t see angry post too,disappointed maybe, but angry? You can see more of that on adam’s tread weeks ago.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Being a judge on AI would do more for Adam’s career than anything else. He needs mass exposure and radio is ignoring him.

  • Val

    I am no Jobro fan, bit it would be hard to find a young man who has accomplished more at such a young age. Since the Beibs would be foolish to give up lucrative touring at this point, I think Nick Jonas is the next best thing to bring back the teens.

  • Incipit

    Also, in the picture mj has up that young Jonas brother looks like he’s maybe 14, 15, years old, so the word ‘hot’ is just ridiculous to me. Idol already hired a performer. What would he bring? He gets the chair, then an industry person I might be able to take seriously doesn’t get it – but then again – Idol doesn’t specialize in judges people could take seriously. Maybe one is their max?

    So if they want a juvenile looking person to appeal to a much younger audience, that’s what they’ll try to do. TPTB pick the cast and direct the comments anyway, so acting skills will be useful. It sure won’t be for his many years of industry experience and musical knowledge…it’s just more “Good TV’.  Maybe he has amusement potential…Does he talk more than his brother did? He practically has to. His brother hardly spoke at all.

  • Val

    II don’t think Nick would be competing for the same seat as Adam. They don’t appeal to tbe same demo. If Adam had a huge teen following, he wouldn’t be having such a tough time at chr radio.
    I think Pharrell would be the one who would compete with Adam.

  • Karen C

    It almost sounds like the judges are in more of a competition than the contestants will be. With the judges being the ones to get the exposure.

  • Listening

    Ummm it seems that most people think Brad Paisley, I believe that’s the country guy in the running, got the job. I never read a definitive answer that he’d signed on as a judge like I did for Mariah. My question is did we actually receive confirmation or is it just speculation that some country singer would be a judge simply b/c of the success of country singers on the show?

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Not gonna lie, I have to chuckle a bit at the irony of so many posters bringing up Nick Jonas’s work on Broadway as support for the contention that he’s qualified to be an Idol judge – not because there’s anything at all wrong with being on Broadway, but because it is so often used (both here and on other Idol-related blogs and sites) as a recommendation for the career path of former Idols who don’t succeed in the recording industry.

    The whole judging debate has been rather interesting, sometimes hilarious, and often completely contradictory.  “The judges should be A List!”  Other than the ones who want industry insiders that the general public wouldn’t give a shit about – or, for that matter, the former judges of “The Sing Off”, who have some measure of success but are not superstars in any way, shape or form.  “The judges need to be credible!”  But of course everyone ~knows the judges just say what the producers want them to say.  Then there are the people who  declare that the judges don’t matter, but have been offering reactions to certain candidates and discussing- repeatedly and with no small measure of passion – how incredibly unsuitable they would be.

    I know very little about Nick Jonas, but nothing I do know makes me believe he’d be entertaining on the judging panel.  And for me, that’s the bottom line.  Would the person be articulate, entertaining and intelligent, or would he or she merely contribute stock phrases and platitudes to be repeated endlessly throughout the season, and not much else?  If people truly didn’t care about the judges, these threads wouldn’t demonstrate the level of interest that they do.  I hope AI takes this opportunity to put compelling people on the panel, because if the level of the judging is elevated, it would potentially elevate the entire show.

    I freely admit that I’d love to see a past contestant on the panel, and I also freely admit that I’d love for that past contestant to be Adam, for a lot of reasons that I’ve already expressed.  But really, any former contestants who were standouts on the show and are, as I said previously, “articulate, entertaining and intelligent” would work.  Idol can do something the other singing competitions have not, and at this point really could not – put a viable former contestant on the judging panel.  Someone who could critique in a way that an outside artist, no matter how successful, really cannot.  It would be both buzzworthy and potentially beneficial to the quality of the show.  The fan war crap would not matter beyond the tiny percentage of the viewership that is active in AI online fandom.  Each judge can bring something different to that table, and a former contestant would bring a unique kind of credibility.  I don’t know if it will happen, but it would be an interesting experiment at the very least.

  • alterego

    I wouldn’t say I follow Country music, but Brad Paisley is more than qualified to be a judge.  In as far as Nick Jonas, his career is more than just the Jonas Bros.  He’s only 19, but he’s been in the business since 7, starring on Broadway.  And when you consider that the average age for Idol contestants these days are those in their teens…….

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy Moniz

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say Nick Jonas is a young Disney artist.  Yes, he was on that channel for a bit but he didn’t get his start with them.  He also made a name for himself on broadway on a few occasions. 

    Personally, I think he would make a pretty good judge.  He knows his music and the industry.  

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy Moniz

    I’ve seen Nick co host on Live with Kelly.  He was actually really good.

  • Kitwana

    I agree that unless they go with a 4 judge panel, Brad Paisley and Pharrel are a greater threat to Adam’s spot on the judging panel than Nick Jonas. Like XFactor, I believe that each judge on the Idol panel will serve a particular purpose. Nick is filling the young judge/teen idol role. He is Idol’s slightly older Demi Lovato. Unless Adam has found a time machine or can wipe about 10 years off his age and retroactively become a teen idol, he will not be up for the young judge role.

  • Val

    I think the judging panel may already be in place. There is no way that Idol would make the announcement while the Olympics are sucking up all of the press attention. They will wait until they can dominate a news cycle, if they have any squishy gray matter left.

  • Val

    I expect to see a four judge panel. The country chair will become a permanent fixture, and I do expect Brad Paisley to be the first to fill it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I think so too – I think there will be a lot of hoopla and PR and coverage when they make the announcement. If Brad is a new judge, along with Mariah, the publicity and PR net will be cast out to a wider audience – the country and pop/hip hop press and media will be all over it. That’s one possible benefit people like he and Mariah can help bring to the show – getting new sets of eyes and getting the attention of some viewers that may not be or have not been interested in the show otherwise. I have a couple friends and coworkers who are interested in seeing what Mariah is gonna bring. They’re longtime Mariah fans like me, not Idol fans, but if they are hooked into watching because they want to see her, it’s win/win. If they start seeing contestants they like and possibly become invested enough to cast votes for them -  win/win again. We won’t know what’s gonna happen till it happens, but I’m ready for it all to begin.

  • alterego

    I have to chuckle a bit at the irony of so many posters bringing up Nick Jonas’s work on Broadway as support for the contention that he’s qualified to be an Idol judge

    But out of the 20 years experience I keep hearing about re Adam Lambert, a majority of that was spent doing regional theatre.  He said the only reason why he came on Idol was that at 26, his career consisted of singing in the chorus.   Whereas Nick Jonas was actually on Broadway as a child performer.

  • Anonymous

    “He is Idol’s slightly older Demi Lovato.”

    Nick is actually one month younger than Demi, both turning 20 this summer.

    While I find him very cute, intelligent, talented, articulate, and mature for his age, he does come across as quite serious, so this may translate into boring as an idol judge, but I believe he could be the type of judge to offer much needed constructive criticism to the contestants.  So I am kind of on the fence about him being a judge.

    By the way,  I thought his performance in How To Succeed in Business was excellent.  The show I attended appeared to have a full house, and there were many teens in attendance.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    Not the topic: Analyzing and criticizing your fellow poster’s opinions. The topic is the possibility of Nick Jonas as Idol judge. Please stick to it.

  • Anonymous

    MJ, you also didn’t think Britney and Demi would work on the XFactor, but recent reports say otherwise..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Z2BKP4PV3JBML6NEZJYUOZTCM gian

    Nick Jones?? Can Idol get anymore irrelevant. Mariah is bad enough but at least she has a resume that almost puts her in the legend category and she fits well with the idol demo that still watches the show. I like Mariah and she’ll fill the Paula role and bring in the lultz. I said before that Idol needs to stick to their demo and what works for them. They shouldn’t try to compete with The Voice and X-Factor which are fresh and the must see TV shows to watch now. Brad Paisley(yawn) is perfect. He’ll fit the country role. Idol needs to guarantee that WGWG winner to make their grandmas and grandpas happy. With all these names being thrown out there has now become a joke. It killed the suspense and when they finally announce the judges it will be a big yawn. We know Mariah is a sure thing but Idol could be looking to fill at least 3 more seats if Randy moves to mentor and they add a fourth judge. For a minute there I thought Adam Lambert could have been a possibility and who knows still with possibly 3 slots he would fill the Simon role of the judge that casual idol fans and media love but on line idol fans love to hate. His name will keep the internet busy for better or worse but I hope not. I hope he is not a part of Idol for many reasons. I don’t know why some of his fans will be disappointed or would even want him in a show that is clearly irrelevant and is no longer the buzz show the mainstream media all but talks about. The water cooler days are over. I think those few fans are Idol watchers anyway and with Adam on will be more fun for them but the majority could care less because they never watched the show to begin with and only came on board in S8. IF he was to be a judge they would support his decision with a big UGH!!! He should concentrate on his career and try to get performances on The Voice and X-Factor on the hot new shows. 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t write this piece. Stavros did. 

    My own opinion is to reserve judgement until the season begins–which is generally what I do–so I’m not really sure where you’re coming up with the whole “you said blah blah blah.” bit. 

    As far as Nick is concerned, he’s been in show bushiness since he was a wee one, and has experience in several areas of the business. He’s got the potential to be good. Or not. I’m keeping an open mind.

  • Anonymous

    Holy moley.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    HAHAHA – Her ‘Lambs’ are fiercely devoted to her, and have been known to eat the lunch of anyone trying to throw shade her way.  She has maintained a sizable gay following over the years, so she has inroads in a lot of genres and demos that could be beneficial. There have been epic battles between her fans/stans (Lambs), Whitney’s, Beyonce’s that make the ones the fangroups in Idol have had look like kids play. I don’t consider myself a Lamb, but they are entertaining as hell!

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    If you aren’t discussing Nick Jonas in your comment, or the other judges as they relate to today’s news, it’s off topic.

    ETA: DELETING OFF TOPIC POSTS

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    “IF he was to be a judge they would support his decision with a big UGH!!! He should concentrate on his career and try to get performances on The Voice and X-Factor on the hot new shows. ”
    Yes, because performing once on a show that gets 10 million viewers would be way better than being seen twice a week on a show that gets 18 million viewers!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

    GAH! I’d love to have it confirmed that Nick’s going to be a judge on Idol. And Brad Paisley, along with Mariah. That’s enough – no more! Am anxious to get confirmation of the panel so some of us can quit angsting over who’s gonna be and who’s NOT gonna be sitting at that table!

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

     The President of Fox Entertainment. Kevin Reilly, indicated that the announcement will be in August.

    July 23, 2012 from NPR.com: Reilly said he hopes to have the new “Idol” panel completely in place within two weeks.
    Link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21138906/tv-press-tour-mariah-carey-signs-american-idol?source=rss

    >> Unless they are way off track, and it seems like they must be close to done — that announcement should be this week.

    In the same press conference/Carey announcement he said they were talking to some big stars about being judges but he [Reilly} said the next “Idol” judge doesn’t need to be “a household name” —
    but said that viewers would need “something to talk about.”
    Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-american-idol-foxmt1thewrap48876-20120723,0,690937.story

    Nick Jonas being a judge would not be something to talk about, Pharrell would be.

  • Anonymous

    Unless they are way off track, and it seems like they must be close to done — that announcement should be this week.

    Not next week. FOX isn’t going to compete with news out of the London Olympics, which has thoroughly dominated the news cycle since they began.  There’s a reason FOX put their summer shows into repeats for the duration.

    The earliest we’ll get an announcement will be the week of the 12th.

  • Larc

    nvm – MJ beat me to it. :)

  • Karen C

    They could have the judges in place, or nearly in place, but still not make the announcement for a few more weeks. I really think they are going to wait unil after the Olympics. Not only because that is the top news story right now, but also because Ryan Seacrest is in the UK and he usually plays a part in introducing the new judges.  They usually make the announcement right before the judges rounds of the auditions begin, which also can’t be before Ryan Seacrest comes back.

    If the rumors about Adam being a judge had any truth to them, I wonder if they were thinking about bringing back former contestants as guest judges or mentors. 

    I think that artists becoming a judge on AI for their own exposure is really hurting the show itself. It overshadows what the contestants can do.   And I really think that’s the difference with the original panel, that they were really looking for new talent and not so much to advance their own careers.

    At the same time I think the show should have former contestants on more, to help people that came from the show.

  • Larc

    It probably won’t mean a lot if Nick, Mariah or any judge delivers loads of new Idol viewers if they don’t stick around for the duration.  In the end, I think it’s the contestants and the show itself more than any individual judge that keep viewers interested.  If somebody I especially like is going to be on a show I don’t usually watch in a non-performing capacity, my initial curiosity is satisfied after one or two weeks.  From then on, it’s up to the show.  As for Idol in its usual form, everybody already knows where it is.

  • Anonymous

    Just NO to a 4 judge panel.  They took away from the contestants’ time and were useless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    I think the announcement will be the end of August. Sometime between August 12 and the 20th. They are still doing those bus and You Tube auditions through the 14th. So the judges rounds are probably not starting until Sept this year (which is when they started in S10, with the new panel.) They need to do it before XF starts though, for sure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    ”In the end, I think it’s the contestants and the show itself more than any individual judge that keep viewers interested.”

    ITA. Which makes me SMH the past 2 weeks or so over the vile and hate that has been directed at several judging candidates and the one already selected. All the ‘I’ll never watch Idol again’ or the ‘Don’t know if I’ll watch if Judge X is on’ panel is RIDICULOUS. In the long run, who gives a F who is on the panel? If it’s been all about the show, all about the contestants as some proclaim, who judges shouldn’t matter. On a perfect reality singing show, Carey and potential judges Paisley, Jonas wouldn’t matter. But since it appears Idol is going down the path of ITS competition in bringing in some ‘qualified’ celebrity judges, it has ceased to be a trendsetter, an original in a sea of imitators. It’s lost so many viewers and credibility that it is finding itself imitating its competition. Don’t hate the players – hate the game. Idol may be late to it, but they’re reduced to playing the game, like everybody else.

  • Anonymous

    I forgot about Seacrest being in London for the Olympics. I agree–I think FOX will wait until the Olympics are over and he’s back in the states.

    Of course, despite the Olympics dominating the news cycle, it won’t stop the leaks and press speculation.  Or wannabes like Nick Jonas tweeting their way into the news cycle. Heh. 

    It was mentioned earlier in the thread by somebody that Nick may feel free to tweet because he isn’t in contention any more.  If he were deep in negotiations, ITA that he wouldn’t put his chances in jeopardy by commenting.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Thank you, alterego! I don’t care if the judge is a “current artist”.  That will work for a few weeks.  I want judges who can express their opinions articulately and honestly.  I would love a judge that sincerely cares about the contestants and not make the show solely about them.  Oops, guess we are stuck with Mariah; however maybe she’ll surprise us?

    I like Nick and Brad as possible choices.

  • Karen C

    Yeah, I think the one that is going to be the judge isn’t going to comment, and it may be someone that hasn’t even been one of the rumors. 

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, I hope it’s not Nick Jonas.  What’s so amazing about Pharell? He doesn’t bring much energy to the table.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I saw this post yesterday and I’m almost praying it isn’t true tbh.  I agree about the official announcement.  As long as the Olympics are still going on with Ryan in London, I don’t think we’ll get an announcement until he returns here to the US.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with all you’ve posted.

  • Anonymous

     So glad you didn’t take my post the wrong way, Jaejae1!  I am a casual Adam fan.  I think he did really well with his first CD.  But I am a little concerned about radio play (and not just for Adam).  I also don’t think any fanbase is monolithic, but I am concerned about perception.  Adam has made a really solid start to his career, and my gut feeling is that at this juncture, he shouldn’t divide his attention.

  • Karen C

    I’m not sure if there’s any connection, but I just saw an ad for the E ! show about one of the other Jonas brothers Married to Jonas, and Ryan Seacrest is the producer.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Surprised these tweets between Slezak nd Nigel haven’t made it here yet:

    @dizzyfeet if you’re serious about Nick Jonas, then we really need to talk. ;)

    @MichaelSlezakTV Nick Jonas was on #OpeningAct. There may be confusion?

    @dizzyfeet He seems to think he’s moving in next door to Mariah (whom I happen to be super-excited about, FWIW)

  • Anonymous

    I hope that’s a no for Nick Jonas.  I just don’t see it. 

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    So he would be filling the Jennifer spot LOL! I have to agree, he’s pretty.

    I think I’m going away for 30 minutes to find some online vdeos of Nick and Brad before I say any more. Aside fromm the demographics of the fan bases, these guys need to be reasonably good talkers. If they are, then I can see why they should be picked.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Okey-dokey. Checked out both Nick and Brad on YouTube. Really lucked in with Brad: 2010 CMA Fest – 8:18 minutes of articulate thoughtful answers, full of charm and humour. Will be a good replacement for Stephen – who I was going to miss, but maybe not now.

    I had to check out 2 videos for Nick – the video of him punking a TV interviewer and a Ryan Seacrest interview with Idol contestant Karen Rodriguez. He is good-looking, articulate and sweet but a bit reserved. Probably comes with the territory of being a child celebrity. Based on Karen’s reaction, he’ll bring in a lot of fans, though.

  • windmills

    Put me in the camp of people who thinks anybody who has said in a public forum that they’re interested/would love to be an Idol judge is not seriously in the running. It’s probably also not a good sign if Nigel’s mocking/being dismissive of the rumor.

    I actually think Nick might be a pleasant surprise as a judge but he isn’t somebody whose name or catalog of music excites me. At all. And, I don’t know how the chemistry would work if it were him with a bunch of veterans. Not sure about his appeal to younger girls anymore either, though I guess I do still see worldwide trends involving the Jonas Brothers. But anyway, don’t think he’s all that likely a pick since he’s commented publicly to say he’d love to do it.

    Listening: Ummm it seems that most people think Brad Paisley, I believe that’s the country guy in the running, got the job. I never read a definitive answer that he’d signed on as a judge like I did for Mariah. My question is did we actually receive confirmation or is it just speculation that some country singer would be a judge simply b/c of the success of country singers on the show?

    There’s no confirmation that Brad’s going to be able to do it. All we have are multiple indications from credible Music Row sources that Brad/his people met with Idol execs early last week (Tuesday) and it went well. There are questions about whether Brad can make Idol fit into his touring/business schedule. It’s been radio silence from Brad/his PR which IMO is an indication that they’re in serious talks but doesn’t guarantee it’ll actually work out.