Can an "American Idol" alum breathe new life into the Fox singing competition that's shedding viewers at an alarming clip?
Fox officials must be hoping so. E! News reports that Jennifer Hudson has signed on as judge for season 13. E! also says the other two judging spots are intended for former "Idol" contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.
According to E! sources, Clarkson is close to signing on but no word yet on whether Lambert or Aiken will fill the final spot. Producers are expected to keep the panel to three members.
The Oscar-winning actress and Chicago native returned to the stage last week on "Idol," the show that first put her in the spotlight back in season three. She sang a duet with Candice Glover, the latest contestant to wear the "Idol" crown.