Jennifer Hudson will be the first American Idol alum to sit at the judge’s table.
According to E! News, the season three finalist just signed on to join the singing-competion show’s 13th season.
Sources say former contestants Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are also close to singing a deal. Producers are aiming to create a “superstar-alum” theme to help boost the show’s declining ratings.
It’s been confirmed that season 12 judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban will not be returning.