Kelly won the first season of "American Idol" back in 2002 and has gone on to enjoy a successful career in the entertainment business. The Hollywood Reporter says that there's a chance an announcement will be made at ABC's Upfront event on May 16.
The singer was just waiting for something like American Idol to come along, to show her the path to sharing her gift with the world.
While Seacrest appears to be the go-to choice for host, the TV personality is exceptionally busy these days, what with becoming the new co-host of Live With Kelly and Ryan, which films in NY. Here to explain why ABC might want to bring it back is NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans.
Kelly Clarkson, the very first victor, is one of the most successful contestants ever and has a bubbly personality that's ideal for this kind of role. A source close to Seacrest said he's still mulling over a return to "Idol, while "insiders" told Page Six that Seacrest returning to host "American Idol" was part of his deal in joining the morning talk show with Ripa". Do you think this reboot will be a success? ABC is reportedly scheduled to roll out its plan for the show to advertisers later this month. Are you a fan of Kelly potentially returning as a judge? It would be easy to imagine her as a compassionate coach and judge on The Voice while also being able to dole out tough love to her young musical charges whenever possible. "She was so remarkable and honest and lovely when she came on at the last season".
Clarkson, if she lands the role, will follow in the footsteps of former judges such as Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Nicki Minaj and Simon Cowell. It was a very calculated decision by the network and by her.
With news of American Idol's return making the rounds, speculation has already began about which celebrities will be sitting at the judge panel.
"American Idol" was television's No. 1 series for nine years, peaking with 30 million viewers an episode in 2006.