Do you remember when Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi left American Idol in one breath, and how things started to get after that? When every person in showbiz had his or her name floated as a potential replacement to keep Randy Jackson company? God, was it strenuous, and here we go again.
Just one day after the American Idol reboot was confirmed, staffing rumors have begun. TMZ shot the first arrow with a story about Kelly Clarkson coming on board as a judge for Idol's debut season on ABC. She was the first-ever AI winner back in 2002.
"We're told she's not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear her schedule during the time the show will be filmed," TMZ writes. Since winning, Clarkson has appeared on American Idol as a guest judge, mentor and performer. She was also one of four primary mentors on ABC's Duets competition and a guest judge on NBC's The Voice.
TMZ says Disney World will be the site of ABC's audition shows, with Disneyland potentially in the mix as well.
Travel back through the years with this archival Fuse interview with Kelly Clarkson: