Joe Jonas confirmed, Kelly Clarkson uncertain as next 'American Idol' guest judge

Joe Jonas, one third of the teen pop sensation the Jonas Brothers, will be a guest judge during the audition rounds for American Idol‘s upcoming ninth season, a source close to the show confirmed to EW.com this evening. The source said news is cloudier concerning published reports that season 1 Idol champ Kelly Clarkson will also join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi at the judges’ table throughout the callback episodes filming in the next few weeks. It was previously announced that Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry, and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham have all been tapped to fill the seat once occupied by Paula Abdul, who stepped away from the show earlier this month after a bitter public contract dispute.

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  • Bobby F

    Shania and Mary J. I can understand. Victoria “posh” Beckham and Katy Perry, however, I do not. Posh was barely a pop star as it was. I would never seriously take singing advice from her. I would laugh myself silly. I love Katy Perry, but her music is sooo fixed in the studio, I couldn’t take her seriously either. Her voice is so paper thin and live her voice cracks non stop. Love it when it sounds ok on cd however.

    • Tarc

      You’re kidding right? The Spice Girls were *huge* throughout the world (less so in the US, but still HUGE). They set records with at least four albums. And it’s not that I’m a huge fan, but the fact is, she’s as valid of a (past)popstar as any grop artist you can think of (and certainly more of one than Paula – and I’m a Paula fan).

    • benou

      I see what you mean about Katy’s voice but I can assure you it is very weird because I saw her 3 times live and her voice is amazing, soulfull and everything. I don’t understand why she sounds so bad on TV. I never heard someone sing so well live :). She can definitely give advice!

      • coolhive

        Her voice probably differs based on the venue. Live shows, like live in concert, have sophisticated sound boards that can autotune a singer’s voice AS THEY ARE SINGING LIVE.

        Whereas on a live appearance like on The Today Show or The View, they don’t have the entire soundboard set up, so their “truer” voice is heard. And I agree, Katy is not a very talented singer. Her stage presence and fashion choices carry her through. Her voice, unaltered, it quite weak.

    • Take Randy With You

      During their heyday, the spice girls were just as popular and successful as Paula Abdul. Granted their shelf life was a bit shorter, but they were HUGE. Lest we forget Paula was a studio artist. Have you EVER heard her sing live? Nope. She was sued by a “back-up” singer who said she actually did the lead vocals on Paula’s hit songs. Paula, like most of the top singers today are studio acts.

  • marianepoli

    Kelly Clarkson guest judge! That would be the coolest thing! Please do it Kelly xD

    • H

      Kelly would be great. Joe Jonas, though, is just a silly choice.

    • Laura

      Totally! Plus Kelly can definitely relate to the AI singers as she was in THEIR shoes. She’d be a perfect fit.

      A Jo Bro on the other hand?? NO

  • Jonathan F.

    Yeah Kelly Clarkson would be enjoyable to watch as a guest judge, she’s fun. Rather hear her sing though..

  • midge

    Joe Jonas… ok. Shania… awesome! Mary J… cool. Kelly … too cool for words! Posh… no. Katy Perry… hell to the no!

  • LizzieLemonic

    I’m ridiculously excited about Joe’s guest spot. I’m sure it’ll be brief, but I’m intrigued. I’ve NEVER watched American Idol, but I am a huge fan of the Jonases, and of Joe in particular (I don’t think people have any idea how spectacular he is live in concert… (it’s what fuels their success). Likewise great unknown about the Jonases is how open they are to all music; they are true music lovers as well as musicians, and share that with their fans constantly. Their taste is awesome, all over the place/time/style, & it’s really cool. So, American Idol, KUDOS, you’ve finally gotten me.

    • midnightmoon

      that is soooo true!!

  • Rachel

    What the hell? Joe Jonas? He can’t sing.

    • hahah!

      hahah, yes he CAN. He is an amazing singer.
      I am going to watch A.I. now.

  • sassy

    I would love to see Kelly Clarkson guest judge. She is so cool and funny. She is the reason I am a big fan of the show. She has such an amazing voice. I would love to see her perform on the show as well. She is awesome live. I am so excited about the new season now.

    • orville

      And she’s completely unafraid of speaking her mind–should be interesting.

    • coolhive

      Kelly would be my first choice. She is so special and cute and has such charisma. Plus, having been in the contestant’s place, has a special insight that these other judges don’t.

      Once the show gets to the Top 16 or whatever, they should have Madonna be either a mentor on one episode, or have her judge on ocassion. That would me a dream show.

  • Rkc96

    Kelly- awesome.
    JOE. .. – not awesome. how is he gonna give advice on singing.

    • Kat

      He’s been singing (well in the public eye) longer than Katy Perry so he definitely has more experience with live performing.

      • ralph

        how about good singing?

  • SS

    I totally think Kelly should do it, because I love her personality and could ALWAYS see more of her humor and cute quirks! Do it Kelly!

  • midnightmoon

    He’s gonna be a great judge!!

  • sophie

    The guest judges should all be past Idol winners and contestants.

  • Todd

    What does Joe Jonas know about singing? He sounds like a whiny goat and sings from his sinuses.

    • John

      What gives you the right to say that? Unless your some amazing vocal coach and have heard him sing, then i really don’t feel you can say that.

  • Sia

    Joe Jonas ? He doesn’t have the experience to do this ! PISSED! He’s a little kid who doesn’t have the experience and years to give advice to anyone.

  • Dean

    Joe Jonas.Are u kidding? That guy has no singing talent.Poor choice to judge vocals.AI is reaching.Kelly Clarkson is an excellent choice.

  • WOW

    Is this some joke? Joe Jonas judging talent? The Jonas Brothers are DISNEY singers with no talent. American Idol is going down the hill if idoits like Katy Perry and Joe Jonas are judging.

    • cm

      hold on. Don’t hate everybody has to start somewhere. They are not just disney singers they are some of Americas Idol and they made it there without being on AI. Joe is a great singer an performer and whom ever wouldn’t take advice from him are just jealous because he already know what the people are looking for. What? You would rather them listen to you who ever you are? nobody

    • bw

      what is so wrong with Disney?? Its a great place for many people to start. You can’t just hate on someone cuz Disney supports them!

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