‘American Idol’ bosses are looking to totally revamp their judging panel next season with a completely new all-star line-up.
According to a Fox insider, producer Nigel Lythgoe is desperate to re-boost the shows ratings after a disappointing season and has put together what he thinks is a “dream team” of new judges, that includes Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pink and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs – even if it means spending a LOT more money.
Currently, ‘Idol’s’ panel is made up of Mariah Carey – who has already hinted she doesn’t want to return, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson – but according to reports, the only person guaranteed to return is the show’s host Ryan Seacrest.
“It’s been a lackluster season for ‘Idol’ and everyone involved with the show is well aware of it so that’s why producers are franticly working on lining up big name stars for season 14,” the source told RadarOnline.
“There’s more drama going on behind the scenes of the show than on the stage, and that’s why there’s a major overhaul in the works.
“A telling sign was that the highlight of the season was Mariah and Nicki’s explosive feud that was leaked on the web – and that was before the season even aired. Producers have been trying to recreate that buzz ever since and it hasn’t worked – the public isn’t buying it.
“The judges don’t have real chemistry, and there’s no real standout contestant.”
Although both Pink and Combs have turned down the chance to appear as judges in the past, Fox hopes that by offering more money they’ll be able to secure the bigger names.
“The executives are calling it their dream team because who wouldn’t tune in to see Justin and Selena, Pink and Diddy?” the insider continued. “Pink has been approached in the past and turned it down as well as Diddy, who wanted too much money.
“It will cost a fortune to get them, but the show has gotten so stale that Fox is desperate for a revamp – they’re willing to pay to put Idol back on top.
“’Idol’ is not the water cooler show it used to be – it’s not hip and become really boring,” admits the Fox mole.
“If producers have it their way – Justin, Selena, Pink and Diddy will be sitting at the judges table next season and that’s a powerhouse group and everyone would tune in to see.”