So it turns out that despite needing to start filming, like, pretty much immediately, American Idol producers want to make sure that they not only find a third judge, but they want to find a “non-white judge.”
To quickly recap, Ryan Seacrest is back as host. Katy Perry was confirmed as the show’s first judge, with a whopping $25 million salary. Luke Bryan was just signed on as a judge over the weekend, salary not disclosed quite yet. The third judge chair is still empty, and time is running out – they need to fill it fast.
But rather than just hiring someone who may be available, ABC wants a non-white judge for the third spot. “ABC believes there must be racial diversity on the panel,” according to an insider. Producers are looking into a guy named Troy Carter. He’s worked with a lot of big names, including Lady Gaga, John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, and Meghan Trainor. He’d be a great judge, he’s got an ear for talent, and would bring a great “producer’s” point-of-view, much the way Randy Jackson did back in the original Idol days.
Speaking of producer, Producer David had a great suggestion for a third judge. Nick Cannon! He’s looking for work afer making his exit from America’s Got Talent. Right?