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This weekend, a report suggested that American Idol finalist Adam Lambert was already in talks to join the show as a judge. In a statement on Monday, Lambert denied that talks had already started, but left the door open to becoming a judge.
On Sunday, a source told E! News that Lambert was in talks to join the show and that the entire judge’s table could be getting an overhaul, with Jennifer Lopez possibly not returning for a third season and Steven Tyler’s future unclear.
"They have been talking about Adam for over a month," the source told E!. “He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of the judges' comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can't go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
The source also suggested that Randy Jackson, who has been with the show since day one, might also be on the way out. Randy is great, but he's part of the old Idol...They want to keep the soul of the show but have a new look, and for that reason he may well not be part of the new line up.”
"Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career," Lambert said. “IF Idol wants to talk to me about Judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation.”
Jackson, Tyler and Lopez have not signed on for Idol’s 12th season and critics have complained that none of them have taken the tough critic role since Simon Cowell left. Even producer Nigel Lythgoe’s future seems up in the air. He told E! that he’d love to be back but, “as of this moment in time, we are still in negotiations as we are with everybody. Everything is up in the air.”
Lambert has already had a great 2012, since his new album, Trespassing debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. He competed in Idol’s eighth season and finished in second place.