‘Idol’ Considers Brad Paisley: The Answer to ‘The Voice’ Star Blake Shelton

Brad Paisley may join IdolAmerican Idol is staying on its path to another all-star judging panel. First, the Fox series named Mariah Carey as Jennifer Lopez’s successor. Now, according to Deadline, they’ve got their sights set on another singer to take a spot at the judges’ table: country star Brad Paisley

This comes closely after the reports that Idol alum Adam Lambert’s name is being thrown in for consideration for the judging panel, and word that Randy Jackson is set to stay on for another year, despite rumors to the contrary. But that’s four names — the same number of folks on both The Voice‘s and The X Factor‘s judging panels. And Idol taking aim at a country star like Paisley, a genre of star the series has yet to aim for, could we be looking at an Idol panel inspired by that of their non-Fox rival?
Let’s break it down: Paisley and Voice judge Blake Shelton are both country music superstars, and both have maintained their abilities to keep the ladies in the stands a-swoonin’. Check. Carey is a pop music legacy, and while she clearly fits the Christina Aguilera pop artist bill, she’s more of a pop goddess then a mere princess like Aguilera. Check. Next comes Adam Lambert, who after solidifying himself as the rebel on the Idol stage and later taking the position as the new lead singer of Queen, is clearly the rock star of the set, a la Adam Levine. (They even have the same name.) Check. That leaves the only (potentially) returning judge, Randy Jackson, whose extensive career as a music producer gives him a bit of an edge over his fellow judges, something Cee Lo Green has under his belt as well. (But beware, Idol. Cee Lo has the benefit of having been both a superstar on stage and a producer behind-the-scenes.) Check
If Idol nabs these judges, will we be looking at a true case of dueling singing competitions? Or are the series different enough to use their similar judging panels in distinct enough ways?

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