Kelly Clarkson Already Preparing to be American Idol Judge (Report)

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 10: L-R: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, guest judge and Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, and judge Harry Connick Jr. on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/ FOX. This image is embargoed until Thursday, Feb. 25,10:00PM PT / 1:00AM ET

There have already been reports that ABC is considering Kelly Clarkson for a spot on the American Idol judges panel. Now, TMZ reports that Kelly has not only been contacted by the network, but is clearing her schedule for the auditions.

Kelly Clarkson is shaping up to be ABC’s first choice for judge on “American Idol” — she’s already clearing her schedule to start filming for auditions … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … ABC has expressed “serious interest’ in Clarkson, who won Season 1 of the OG show.

On Kelly’s side, we’re told she’s not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear her schedule during the time the show will be filmed.

TMZ broke the story … home base for the audition shows will be Disney World and possibly Disneyland, which will make it much easier to shoot than the OG where cast and crew went from city to city. It will also be way less expensive, which is a big consideration.

It’s also unclear whether the show will air once or twice a week. We’ve heard ABC is considering a once a week format where results from voting will go down the following week. That will make it easier for the judge and the host, who will almost certainly be Ryan Seacrest.

The original American Idol winner has a history with ABC. She’ll be appearing on Celebrity Family Feud this summer. What’s more, back in the summer of 2012, she was a mentor on the ill fated ABC summer singing show, Duets. What’s more, the singer mentored contestants during season 14 and sat on the judges panel on the show’s 15th and final episode.

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Bringing back a successful alum to sit on the panel makes wise use of the show’s rich legacy. Also, a way to differentiate itself from NBC’s The Voice, would be to make the contents the focus of the show, rather than “celebrity” judges.

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