As ABC prepares to reboot American Idol, TMZ is reporting that perhaps the show’s most iconic champion, season one winner Kelly Clarkson, is clearing her schedule to potentially take a seat at the judge’s table. According to the site, three-time Grammy winner Clarkson is the network’s first choice for judge and it has expressed “serious interest” in signing on Clarkson, one of the show’s biggest success stories.
While a spokesperson for Clarkson told Billboard on Wednesday (May 10) there was no comment on the report, TMZ said, “We’re told she’s not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear her schedule during the time the show will be filmed.” TMZ previously reported that instead of traveling from city-to-city for nationwide auditions, home base for the try-outs will be at Disney World and possibly Disneyland, in Florida and California, respectively. A spokesperson for Idol could not be reached for comment at press time.
While none of the judges have yet been named for the show, speculation has swirled around the potential for Ryan Seacrest to return as host. The recently installed Live With Kelly and Ryan co-star was the face of the show for all 15 seasons, and on Monday morning (May 8) he made it seem like he might be open to finding time for it in his incredibly hectic schedule.
“I said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping somewhere it would come back,” said Seacrest, who, in addition to appearing as co-host on the New York-based talk show in the morning with Ripa, also hosts his own morning radio show.