According to Deadline, Fox is "seriously considering" the Grammy winner for one of the vacant spots on the judges' panel, following the exits of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. As Deadline pointed out, adding a country veteran to the panel makes sense given the fact that several "Idol" alums paved their way via country music, including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler and Lauren Alaina. Not to mention the fact that Paisley has performed on the show and has worked with 'Idol' alums outside of the singing competition. He and Underwood have co-hosted the CMA Awards for four years and topped the country charts with their duet "Remind Me." In addition, Paisley invited McCreery to join him on tour.
There's been no word yet from Paisley's camp, but if his tour wraps as scheduled, he would technically be free for hosting duties at the start of next year and would need to squeeze in auditions in sparse free days.
Time will tell when the panel will be officially set. In the meantime, the show's newest addition has already expressed her delight in joining the show. "It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol," she tweeted. "As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent."
"I think that that's fantastic, Mariah Carey joining the panel," season 10 singer Haley Reinhart told MTV News about the show's latest casting shakeup. "She knows what it's all about. She's got the golden voice. I think that out of a lot of different people, she would be the diva to stand there and be able to give people real advice, real criticism."
Paisley would join Carey and possibly Randy Jackson on the panel.
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