July 31, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Is American Idol about to get a little bit country in Season 12? Last week, rumors began to surface that producers of the FOX reality show were considering adding country superstar Brad Paisley to the judges’ panel with veteran Randy Jackson and newbie Mariah Carey (and possibly, a fourth!). It looked like Paisley wouldn’t even be able to entertain the idea with such a busy touring schedule ahead. So why are sources now saying that the “Remind Me” singer may actually be inching toward a deal? All the details after the jump.
After eleven seasons, American Idol may finally have a country music artist on the judges’ panel when they return in January. And that artist just may be singer/songwriter Brad Paisley.
Earlier, it was reported that Paisley was being considered to join Randy Jackson and newcomer Mariah Carey on the panel for Season 12, but just when we were starting to like the thought of that particular trio, a quick glance at his touring schedule suggested that there might be a bit of a conflict. Besides, isn’t that the reason Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler supposedly had to give up their chairs…because they weren’t able to juggle the show and their busy careers?
Well, as it turns out, there still may be hope.
Apparently, Brad is still in play, and he may actually be close to reaching a deal.
Insiders say that Paisley and his team are meeting with executives from American Idol this week in Los Angeles to discuss the possibilities…and we’re sure MONEY.
The show is reportedly trimming their budget ahead of Season 12, and with Mariah bringing in about $20 million, that can’t leave too much “wiggle room” for whomever they bring on to fill the third chair.
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