'American Idol' Season 13 Judge Rumors: Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Part Of 'Dream Team,' Source Says
A week after Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol season 12, the show's producers have been on a hunt for next season's judges following the mass exodus of all four judges from season 12.
The show's producers are reportedly considering Bruno Mars.
"Producers and Fox would absolutely love to get Bruno Mars as a judge," a source told Hollywood Life. "He's super talented, amazingly charismatic, and well-liked by industry professionals and young fans."
The insider said the producers have been secretly preparing to make him an offer he can't refuse.
"[Producers] are looking into making him an offer very soon," the source added. "They're looking to lock down next seasons judging panel sooner than later."
The network is considering bringing back Idol alum to the mix, loving the idea of having three singers at the table.
"They're currently happy going with a three-person judge panel, and would really like to add a former Idol to the panel," the insider added. "Harry Connick, Jr., Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars is their so-called 'dream team.' "
Clarkson won season 1 of Idol. Connick appeared during season 10 as a mentor for the top 5 finalists and later performed one of his hits, And I Love Her.
While Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj have been the only two out of the four judges to confirm they will not return to the judges table for season 13, a recent report claimed that all four judges from American Idol's season 12 will not return this fall.
Enstars reported that a source close to the situation said "all four are gone" because the FOX network feels "they've lost their core audience and they want it back."
Another source close to the show confirmed the report to E! News, saying all four judges are "definitely gone" from FOX's singing competition.
"Everyone is getting fired," a source told FOX411's Pop Tarts. "Although Mariah [Carey] insists she quit, she was always in trouble for not being critical enough and being too boring...Keith [Urban] is just a bore and with Randy is what like, whatever. Time for new energy."
FOX Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly is getting more involved with "fixing Idol," according to The Wrap. The show's Tribute Nights will be cut in the upcoming season while the audition episodes will stay.