Kelly Clarkson will not judge 'American Idol' next season
A rep for Clarkson told The Hollywood Reporter directly that Clarkson was not going to judge Season 13. In addition to this, Adam Lambert -- also named as a possible "Idol" returnee -- has not even heard from the show's producers.
With the alumni panel looking less likely, we're likely to start hearing celebrity rumors again. Keith Urban, a Season 12 judge, has said on more than one occasion that he would love to return for Season 13. There are also sporadic reports about bringing back Jennifer Lopez or adding a frequent "Idol" guest like will.i.am.
And don't forget the absolutely insane and probably cost-prohibitive idea to get Justin Bieber, Pink and other pop stars.
Why is this such a big deal? With ratings down significantly this past season, "American Idol" has to do something if it wants to stay even remotely relevant. Unfortunately, the most desirable music stars are also the busiest -- fitting in a few months of "Idol" doesn't really work well around a tour schedule.
We probably won't hear anything final before late summer.