Some of your favorite past American Idol contestants may be on the other side of the judging table next season.

After the show spent $40 million this past season to grab the biggest stars they could find (and watched it blow up in their face), the show is taking a different approach: bringing back old favorites that viewers have a vested interest in. Although no names have officially been confirmed, it's been reported that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson are on board as judges for next season!

A Fox source said that negotiations with Kelly and Jennifer are "95 percent there" and confirmed that next season will be all about "Idol stars guiding the next generation." However, Fox has declined to officially comment on any judge speculation at this time.

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The show will also be going back to its old three-judge format for next season, which means only one spot would still need to be filled. Fox is reportedly "chasing" after Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken, while show message boards have also listed Carrie Underwood as a possible replacement.

However, it's safe to say that Clay is hardly being "chased" to take on work at this point, let alone a multi-million dollar job. Considering that his 2012 album Steadfast sold a grand total of 7,000 copies, we're willing to bet he'd do the show for free at this point.

American Idol ratings went down by more than 20 percent this year, the lowest ever in the show's history. Show insiders believe the ongoing drama between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj ultimately turned off viewers by taking the spotlight away from the contestants.

But hey, at least they didn't' actually physically harm each other... unlike some people. A Pennsylvania couple is now facing assault charges after they reportedly stabbed each other over which contestant should have won the finale this season.

What do you think of the Idol judges going old school?

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