The names keep on coming: now Deadline.com says country star Brad Paisley is being considered for a slot on the judge’s panel.
Paisley is modern country royalty. All 30 of his singles have gone top 20 on the country charts, 27 of them have hit the top 10 and 18 landed at No. 1.
He’s approachable, down to earth and funny. Many of his tunes involve great wordplay (”Alcohol,” “Water”) and humor (”Online,” “Celebrity”). He has hosted the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood for several years now.
Given the success “Idol” has had with country music, this would be a smart move if they can come up with a deal. “The Voice” already has elevated Blake Shelton’s profile.
Check out Paisley playing a contestant on an “Idol”-like show from 2003 with his hit single “Celebrity” and “judge” William Shatner slagging him:
We are still awaiting Randy Jackson’s status but we should know relatively soon what his role will be. With Carey on board, I can’t imagine “Idol’ would get rid of him since he’s Carey’s manager.
- Mariah Carey’s wackiest moments on camera are included on Eonline.com, including her classically unsteady visit to “TRL Live” in 2001 below:
- Kellie Pickler, who is between record labels, has decided to work the cover of a “lad mag.” Remember those? Her excuse for wearing a skimpy outfit? A salute to the military! And yes, the military will appreciate this:
- And talk about switching topics. William Balfour, the man who killed several of Jennifer Hudson’s family members in 2009, has been sentenced to three life sentences. The judge called his soul “barren.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk