Country music's Brad Paisley being eyed as next 'American Idol' judge?
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Country music star Brad Paisley is being considered for the empty judge’s chair on "American Idol."
If it happened, the addition of Paisley would mark the first time a country star has been a judge on the show which returns to Fox in January, according to deadline.com.
"Bringing in a country star as an 'Idol' judge appears logical since the show's most successful winner to date, (Oklahoma's) Carrie Underwood, is a country singer as are a number of other well-known 'Idol' finalists, including last year's winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alana," reported the entertainment website Tuesday.
Paisley has previously performed on the hit reality TV singing competition, has co-hosted numerous awards events with Checotah native Underwood, recorded the hit song "Remind Me" with her and McCreery is opened for him on his current "Virtual Reality Tour."
No comment yet from Paisley who will perform in concert with The Band Perry and Easton Corbin at Tulsa's BOK Center August 16.
If the show sticks to its three-judge format, that leaves one spot open. Pop singer Mariah Carey was announced as a judge on Monday and original judge Randy Jackson still considering his return. The show is also possibly considering a return to four judges like "The X Factor" and "The Voice."
Having a country music mentor like Oklahoma's country star Blake Shelton has proved successful for NBC's "Voice." Last season, Team Shelton's contestant Jermaine Paul was named the winner.
Paisley performs "Remind Me" with Carrie Underwood in this video from Sony Music Entertainment
Brad Paisley, seen here performing at the 2012 CMA Festival in June, is reportedly being eyed for the judge's panel on "American Idol."