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Brad Paisley Wanted as Third Judge on 'American Idol'

July 25, 2012 (4:20 am) GMT
Words are, the FOX singing competition show is 'seriously considering' the 'Old Alabama' hitmaker to fill the vacant slot in the judging panel.

"" could bring in a country music singer to round up its judge line-up. After nabbing pop and R&B diva , the show is said to be courting to fill the empty seat following the departures of and .

According to Deadline which first reported the news of Paisley's possible involvement, the only remaining original judge will likely return to the show's twelfth season. Additionally, FOX is allegedly considering about adding a fourth judge to the panel.

Paisley himself is no stranger to "Idol". He has performed on the veteran reality series and worked with and , who were the winners of the show's fourth season and tenth season respectively.

In addition to the judge shakeup, the upcoming season of "Idol" will open three new ways to audition, which were "American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour", "Nominate An Idol" program and online auditions. The show is expected to return on FOX in early 2013, with still tackling the hosting duty.

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