Could Kim Kardashian be seated beside Katy Perry when American Idol returns to television for its ABC reboot?
According to a new report, returning host Ryan Seacrest is pulling for the 36-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star to appear on the show as producers reportedly continue to struggle to nail down more judges for the remaining seats on their panel.
“While producers have been looking at Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and other people within the music business, Ryan thinks the show should hire Kim," a source told Straight Shuter for Naughty Gossip on September 14. "Promotion and social media are now just as important to being a successful artist as singing and no one knows that world better than his pal Kim.”
“People might moan at first that she doesn’t have experience with music but they did the same thing when Heidi Klum joined the panel at America’s Got Talent. At least Kim is from the USA and she certainly knows how to make great TV," the source added. "Ryan is worried that if they just follow the format of the old show, that it will feel dated. Adding Kim will be a game-changer.”
On the same day, TMZ shared a report in which it revealed to readers that production on American Idol may be delayed due to the producers' casting struggles.
"Thursday is the last stop for the show's tour bus auditions, and it's just weeks away from the planned taped auditions with the judges. Problem is -- producers are no closer to locking down stars to join Katy on the panel," the outlet explained.
The outlet also said that while ABC is hoping to have Luke Bryan on their American Idol panel, he wants more money and may not make a deal with the network if he doesn't get it.