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Kelly Clarkson denies she will judge 'American Idol's thirteenth season

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/29/2013 

Kelly Clarkson has denied reports she'll be serving as a judge for American Idol's thirteenth season.

In light of recent reports the Fox reality singing competition is looking to have the first-season Idol winner become a member of the judging panel, Clarkson's representative told The Hollywood Reporter that's not the case.

In addition to Clarkson, E! News had reported last week former finalist Jennifer Hudson is "onboard" to join the show as a judge. 

Idol runners-up Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken were also reportedly being eyed to fill the final seat on a new three-person judging panel that would succeed the confirmed departure of longtime judge Randy Jackson and speculation that Fox will also replace newbie judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Fox is "95 percent there" in the process, according to an Idol insider.

However, sources told The Reporter that Lambert hasn't been contacted yet about a position on the panel and the show is most hopeful about getting Jennifer Lopez to come back and possibly adding rapper to the mix although his participation is "doubtful."

Urban told People earlier this month he would like to return to Idol because he enjoyed going to work every day -- a situation he called "a rarity."

The network is reportedly anticipating the addition of such stars will ultimately boost its ratings, as American Idol has experienced a steady decline in viewership since it peaked in its sixth season.

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