Which American Idol Alum Might Join The Judging Panel?

It’s starting to look like 2010 over at FOX. Remember when Simon Cowell left “American Idol” and producers scrambled to find replacements? Contrary to popular belief, the reality competition didn’t implode after the acerbic judge’s departure.

With Jennifer Lopez potentially leaving, Nigel Lythgoe and company are working on a plan B should negotiations with Lopez fail. Just like 2010 and with the “X Factor judging drama earlier this year, multiple names are being tossed around. Names from Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and will.i.am are reportedly in the mix. Katy Perry was also a potential replacement, but the singer addressed the rumors to the Hollywood Reporter.

“People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it’s not right for me yet.” Perry adds, and “it’s a real commitment to be on one of those shows. … I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas.”

Personally, I’m a little bummed about Katy. I thought she was excellent during her guest judging stint on AI a few seasons ago. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. With her out of the running, the producers are also looking within the Idol family as a potential solution. Find out below which former contestant is on their short list.

It’s everyone’s favorite glam rocker, Adam Lambert. The “For Your Entertainment” singer was the runner-up for Season 8 and has parlayed that exposure to a solid recording career. The reason producers think he’s a great choice is because he, “personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start.” E! Online’s source also go on to say that they’ve been talking to Adam for over a month now.

“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 says. “If Idol wants to talk to me about judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”

In the end, word has it the higher ups really want Lopez to stay since she brings huge star wattage to the show. Unfortunately, she comes with a hefty price tag. If she doesn’t return, I highly suggest they finally dump Randy Jackson and bring fresh blood to join Steven Tyler on the panel. How about you? Who are you hoping gets the gig? Or do you want the panel to stay as is? Sound off below.