Someone should tell Nick Jonas that being overly excited about something in public does not put you in a good bargaining position. But he’s young and (clearly) very excited about the possibility of being a judge of American Idol this season, that it sort of comes across as endearing. Like a kid who wants to make the varsity basketball team even though he’s mostly just solid JV material.
But Jonas isn’t the only one with his hat in the ring: so perhaps that’s why he’s playing out the results in public–trying to strengthen is hand by the mob of teen girls that will totally lose their s**t if their princely little Jonas doesn’t get the gig. But he’s certainly got competition, as the other names bandied about for the position include Pharrell Williams, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas (oh, please NO), former Idol contestant Adam Lambert, as well as a bevy of country singers to help the flailing Idol compete against newer singing competition shows like The Voice. Bigger names listed include Miranda Lambert (ooh, showdown with the hubby, eh?), Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and Keith Urban.
Does Jonas have what it takes? Well, it truly depends on what the show wants this season: as we all know, Idols haven’t really had the biggest, um, pull for audiences to turn into record-buyers, arguably since Carrie Underwood. Most winners seem like flashes in the pan without much staying power. The addition of a powerhouse as big as Mariah Carey certainly seems to point in a direction of wanting to be more serious about finding longstanding talent.
However, what will make or break the table will ultimately be who sits up there with Mariah. The other two (rumors are that Randy Jackson will be stepping down this season as well to take on a mentor-type role on the show) judges’ career merits will be under intense scrutiny. So a perfect trifecta is important if the show wants to hang out to whatever starmaking-credibility it has left.
When it comes down to it, they need to find someone that young audiences will recognize, but the older folks will respect. Personally, we think a season of Mariah Carey, Willie Nelson, and Pharrell Williams would be totally gangbusters, but that’s just us. Do you think any of the contenders for the judges’ seat make the grade? Let us know in the comments!
The rumors are true… I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol
— Nick Jonas(@nickjonas) August 4, 2012
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