There were rumors last week that Brad Paisley was in talks to possibly become a judge on the next season of American Idol, and sources have confirmed to The Country Vibe that Brad and his people will indeed be in Los Angeles this week meeting with top Idol executives about having him join the show.
If Brad signs on, he’ll join pop legend, Mariah Carey on the panel. There is no confirmation yet on whether Idol veteran, Randy Jackson will return as judge. There have been rumors that he’ll move to a mentoring role. Considering Randy is Mariah’s manager and was reportedly instrumental in bringing her on board, he’ll probably stick around in some capacity.
Here’s an update from Country Aircheck. There are questions around whether Brad can fit Idol around his tour schedule:
Despite the denials, CA hears meetings are set for next week to discuss the feasibility of meshing Paisley’s touring and business schedule into the AI timeline. The show airs Jan.-May 2013, with auditions currently underway. We wonder if they can get it done so BP could make an appearance at the Aug. 12 AI auditions at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. As of now, that’s an open date on his tour schedule. We’re also curious, whether Paisley’s going to wear his trademark cowboy hat on the show.