Sunday, April 21, 2024

NBC Wrecking “American Idol” Comeback for ABC, Hires Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson as Judges for “The Voice”


NBC is wrecking plans for ABC to bring back “American Idol.”

In the last two days, NBC has hired “Idol” alums Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson as judges on “The Voice.”

So much for “Idol” nostalgia. NBC also has “Idol” creator and most famous judge Simon Cowell on “America’s Got Talent.” And Jennifer Lopez is on NBC’s “Shades of Blue.” They’re not going to let her leave.

That doesn’t leave much for ABC besides Ryan Seacrest. They could bring back Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, I suppose. With Blake Shelton maybe taking a break, Keith Urban would be a natural for “The Voice.”

But Hudson and Clarkson are the two biggest “Idol” names. The next tier would include Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, and then a whole raft of nice people who you kinda remember like Philip Phillips, Chris Daughtry, the Taylor guy with the grey hair, Ruben Studdard. Hmmm…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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