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Brad Paisley the latest possible ‘Idol’

Brad Paisley, who has a good sense of humor, is being considered as a judge on "Idol." CREDIT: AP

Brad Paisley, who has a good sense of humor, is being considered as a judge on "Idol." CREDIT: AP

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:

kellie-maxim

- 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.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

131 comments Add your comment

Harriett

July 25th, 2012
9:04 am

Well, I, for one, hate to see Idol go country. Imitating The Voice here? Ugh. Paisley has lots of music cred, but I hate to slant the show this way. The pure country acts get on my nerves.

Sam-A

July 25th, 2012
9:16 am

Jenny: we’re back in sync with Brad Paisley – not my music or my type of singer.

I wish the producers would just get it over with and announce the full judges panel!

Sad note, Chad Everett, “Dr Joe Gannon” on “Medical Center” died at 75 yesterday. I so loved him in that show. And Sherman Hemsley also died same day – funny guy.

Harriett: could not agree more with you.

G

July 25th, 2012
9:33 am

Harritett, I totally understand. However, if he’s anything like Blake Shelton it should be refreshing.

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
9:39 am

I agree with G(seriously???) If Brad is anything like Blake Shelton, he’ll do a good job and would not necessarily favor country music. I mean, if Randy Jackson can fully appreciate Carrie Underwood, why couldn’t Brad Paisley praise a rocker or a jazz singer?

Sam-A

July 25th, 2012
9:43 am

Deirdre: Caught up with “Falling Skies” yet?

DanJ

July 25th, 2012
9:52 am

I admit I don’t know a lot about Brad Paisley but if you put a PURE country artist on Idol you run the risk of more and more contestants that sing country music. For Idol to continue to be successful you need balance from a genre standpoint. I understand that country music is big and their fans passionate and for that reason maybe Idol needs a Country Idol to stand on its own.

However I have to admit I thought Blake Sheldon did a great job on The Voice. I thought he worked well with Jermaine Paul. But The Voice is a different kind of competition and they’re mentors not judges. But Idol will do what they want to do regardless what anyone thinks. I just think whoever is brought in should have some cross-over appeal. Carrie Underwood would be perfect! Brad Paisley? Not so much! IMO

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
9:52 am

Sorry Harriett, but Idol already went Country. I’ll Dave any comments about Brad for when it’s official, otherwise meh.

Thanks Rodney! For the new article of course.

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
9:54 am

“I’ll Dave” is phone speak for I’ll save.

Mercedes S.

July 25th, 2012
10:01 am

Sure would have liked to watch the whole “Celebrity Idol” clip, but it won’t go beyond George beechin’ about his soy latte.

What’s with the Osbourne lady quitting?

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
10:08 am

If its because she is coming to Idol I’m ok with that. Country, metal, and R&B.

G

July 25th, 2012
10:12 am

Morning Deirdre. LOL! You too Sam A…………

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

July 25th, 2012
10:36 am

Hi y’all,

Well, I feel like I’ve missed a lot of news. Mariah as Idol judge is not exactly my fave. Yes, the woman can sing, (when she chooses to!), but most of her recent work is the “whispery” kind of generic R&B. I’ve seen a few things where she can be funny, and she certainly doesn’t mince words….still I guess we’ll see.

Contrary to it seems most here, I am quite enthusiastic about Brad Paisley. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times, and he can sure put on a very entertaining show. He’s also worked a lot with Carrie since right after she won Idol, so maybe he’s learned a lot about the show from her? Plus, he’s charming and has some of the same quick wit as Blake Shelton, tho a bit more “family friendly.” I think he could be an awesome judge, and I don’t think he’s being a country artist would necessarily mean a huge rise in country contestants.

We’re going to need some balance to the diva…a humble guy like Paisley would a start.

Harriett

July 25th, 2012
10:37 am

But, remember? They were giving Blake a mentor (Michael Buble’) to keep him from narrowing his focus strictly on country.

Pitchy

July 25th, 2012
10:49 am

I like Country, but don’t want to see a country singer be judge. I think a country singer will not be able to appreciate the tone of the music. Once country gets in the fiber of your being, I think you become jaded to other types of music. I may be wrong.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

July 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Harriett, but it’s apple and oranges. In The Voice, Blake mentors and at some point will sing with the contestants. He’s a bit more invested due to the fact that he’s working closely with the contestants and probably tended to favor country acts as he could relate more to them. That said, he did choose Jermaine who ended up winning! And before Michael Buble’, he had Kelly and Miranda Lambert as mentors.

I don’t get why country gets singled out in this. Ironically, all the country that’s been on Idol lately has been put there by judges who are not involved in the genre. So, adding a country artist as a judge doesn’t mean that’ll change. If a judge as a bias towards a specific genre, they have a bias. We don’t know how they are going to perform until they are seated at the table. For all we know, Mariah could have a big R&B bias that would cancel out this supposed country bias. At the end of the day, the outcome is decided by the voters, not the judges. We’ve already talked about how the judges lack of influence on the voting. I don’t think changing the judges will have much of an impact on that.

Vast Wastrel

July 25th, 2012
10:59 am

I tried posting this a few minute ago and keep getting messaging that it is awaiting moderation. Trying again without direct links to see if that is the problem.

As noted by Rodney, Brad Paisley is Modern Country. Meaning he can and does crossover to other genre and he is a musician not just a singer. I don’t know if Idol is actually considering him or not but some of you guys are being unfair just because you don’t like country. I lean mostly toward old fashioned rock but that doesn’t mean I liked the burnout that is now Steven Tyler as a judge. I appreciate almost all forms of music with the exception of bad rhymes being chanted to lousy forms of percussion and sitar music (this from once being subjected to 2 hours of Ravi Shankar prior to one hour of George Harrison).

Brad just doing the guitar thing. Starts twangy but then rocks with some excellent slide work:
youtube.com/watch?v=Z8CrcXy_bMg&feature=related

With B.B. and of course half of the guitar is from Lucille and it is easy to tell who is who but it sure as hell ain’t Country:
youtube.com/watch?v=m4J4S-F4_zE

Vast Wastrel

July 25th, 2012
11:00 am

Ah Ha, I guess it was.

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
11:06 am

If there shouldn’t be a Country artist as a judge can we say that there shouldn’t be an R&B artist as a judge. The genre of music that the judge comes from isn’t going to hinder or help them with their ability to judge. Judging has nothing to do with the type of music the artist performs.

Keeping that in mind I don’t get the comparison of Blake to Brad. They aren’t the same person, if you want Blake to be a judge on Idol then they need to get Blake, not Brad. Brad will judge like Brad, not like Blake.

Sam-A

July 25th, 2012
11:20 am

“Blake, not Brad. Brad will judge like Brad, not like Blake” – Heck of a tongue-twister, JT!

DanJ

July 25th, 2012
11:39 am

Maybe Idol should take a page out of The Voice’s book and go to 4 judges. 1 from each genre. R&B, Rock, Country & Pop!
Brad Paisley may be a great judge. I’m not saying he’ll be biased about putting more country music contestants in. What you would have is more country music fans tuning in each week and voting for whatever country singers are in the competition. As a voting block they’re (country fans) are loyal so you can bet the farm the final 2-3-4 singers will be country singers. Idol will become COUNTRY IDOL!

bknsty14

July 25th, 2012
11:56 am

I’m putting a vote in for Kid Rock. Why not?

G

July 25th, 2012
12:10 pm

I don’t believe it matters too much which genre the judge comes from. The judges main job is to select the best contestents to fill out the top 10-12, that will compete for votes and perform on tour. Generally, most of your basic / popular genres are represented in the top 10. It’s been that way for quite some time. Even though hard rock and r&b acts haven’t won in many….many seasons, they have always had a presence on tour.

I’m not sure if a country artist would be the difference maker, in placing a disproportionate number of country artists in the top ten or not. It would be a dissaster if that were the case.

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
12:14 pm

Ugh! to 4 judges. Idol tried 4 judges and the only thing 4 gives us more than 3 is a lot more judge-speak and a lot less singing.

Sam, yes, I have caught up with Falling Skies. Good story! Sad, scary, intriguing.

MyPatootie

July 25th, 2012
12:35 pm

Brad Paisley would be a good choice, and could be objective, from what I’ve seen. Just as much as a rocker or R and B guy or gal, anyway. What’s the problem? Seems I hear a little “discrimination” from the “sensitive” crowd on here against country music. Sounds like the “Simon Cowell Syndrome”. Personally would rather see Kellie Pickler than Brad. She would be hilarious and does know something about music now, and the process since she’s been through it. She cracks me up, even unintentionally sometimes.

MyPatootie

July 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

OH, BTW Deirdre, a person or animal’s buttocks is not obscene or vulgar like time I checked. It’s like belly buttons, everyone has one(at least I hope). JTesla did imply my screen name was vulgar or obscene so big difference there. It’s obvious he is in your “inner circle’ and will not get a “bad boy” or reprimand but such is life. The world has bigger problems. At least let’s be honest about it. “Derogatory” is neither “obscene, vulgar, or dirty”.

DanJ

July 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

G, if you don’t think genre’s matter then do you think a certain % might tune in for the judges? I tuned into The Voice because of the mentors they had which is some of the elite singers around. If I’m being honest Jermaine Paul was not the best contestant on The Voice. But the genius of the show put an R&B singer with a country mentor Blake Sheldon and Juliet Lewis with Cee-Lo. I think the judges and their popularity translated into votes.I honestly think country music fans of Blake helped Jermaine win. Had Jesse gone with either Blake or Adam instead of Xtina he would have won.

Idol doesn’t have mentors so the judges can’t directly help a contestant win. But the popularity of a judge may draw in more viewers of a specific genre. I’m not saying don’t bring in a country music singer as a judge. I’m just saying watch what transpires if they do! If I were a Pop or R&B singer I’d try out for X-Factor or The Voice. I will watch Idol regardless up to the point there’s only one genre represented anyway.

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
12:59 pm

Tsk, tsk, MyP. What semantics has to do with an “inner circle” is beyond me. Do I like JT better? Is this middle school?

I have known JT for a few years now. I respect almost all of his opinions, as I do most others here whether they are “inner circle” or not. JT has come to my defense during vicious attacks, as I have come to his defense. We have a history. You and I do not…yet.

I am a conservative but will disavow your opinions on certain subjects believing that ALL people deserve respect until their actions prove otherwise. Those actions do not include one’s choice of friends or life partners unless the aforementioned friends and partners are murderers or pedophiles.

You believe what you want to believe, you have every right to do so. This inner circle is wide open to anyone who wants to be a part of it. But I can’t stop people from stepping back from some of your viewpoints. That’s on your shoulders, not the “inner circle’s” There is a very good reason why political discussions are banned in here. We’d all like to stay friendly….except for the regular disagreements on how Idol is run and who the best singers are.

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
1:00 pm

MyPatootie, way to ignore the point I raised regarding your name, you seem to be very prone doing that. My use of the word “tugged” is as vulgar and obscene and deserving a reprimand as much as your use of the term “patootie”. I know it’s only been a week, but let’s not distort the facts of our prior discussion.

No inner circle about it, I’ve already dispelled that notion, no need for me to do it again.

Rickster

July 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

I love the title of Paisley’s song “I’d like to check you for ticks.” :-)

G

July 25th, 2012
1:03 pm

DanJ, you have a point. I think it matters in terms of viewers, especially if they are well known. LA Reid really had me tuned in on XF because I’m very familiar with his track record.

I still believe Idol has a formula for the top 10 that the judges must help to implement. I’m sure some of our estemed hard core Idol fans of the blog will correct me on that if I’m wrong on that assumption.

I think the formula for The Voice works great, especially in the beginning. It seems to be a good mix of judges/mentors and genre.

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
1:05 pm

“There is a very good reason why political discussions are banned in here.”

Banned?

I will point out that the blog used to lean very conservative, and there are still conservative members of the “inner circle”. The thing about them is that they are at least respectful of others, just as the more liberal members have been respectful of others.

Banned?

Rickster

July 25th, 2012
1:05 pm

One good thing about the dropping ratings & falling revenues is that it makes it harder for Idol to afford a fourth judge. :-)

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
1:09 pm

Rickster, I check my husband for ticks whenever he comes back from the ranch. It can be VERY entertaining! ;-)

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
1:10 pm

I don’t know Rickster, they could take Mariah’s 18 million and buy 36 of me.

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
1:12 pm

OK…I guess “banned” was a poor choice of words…but you’re just hot under the collar cuz I said I only respected almost all of your opinions. ;-)

Actually I believe I made an unofficial queenly decree on political topics

Rickster

July 25th, 2012
1:22 pm

Anyone who was in here during the “Carrie supports gay marriage” thread know that political discussions aren’t banned!! :-)

Mercedes S.

July 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

I welcome Mr. Paisley – have always liked that pattern!

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
1:44 pm

The serfs may rebel against such a decree.

Harriett

July 25th, 2012
1:51 pm

Agree with DanJ. And, MP, we are not the “inner circle,” but rather “the court!”

MyPatootie

July 25th, 2012
2:00 pm

The “clique” hath spoken. Some of you put Facebook’s antics to shame. “D” if you are a Conservative, I would hate to see a liberal! Practically everything you say “screams liberal”!

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
2:08 pm

I’ve found that those that are either far right or far left view others who are not quite as far along the political spectrum as being members of the opposite ideology. So an extreme liberal would view a moderate liberal as being conservative etc. Nothing “abnormal” with that other than it is labeling which is often a tactic used in an attempt to squelch discussion or dissension.

As far as classifications go I believe Deidre would be more accurately described as being libertarian. That is if you expand the linear view of the political spectrum to a box or a cirle. I feel comfortable saying that as she has alluded to that on many occasions.

How about this MyPatootie, we just have some friendly discussions, maybe disagree, maybe agree, and not try to turn ourselves into martyrs or others into the enemy?

G

July 25th, 2012
2:12 pm

Did someone mentioned politics?

***Looking at Deirdre and JT*****

…….okay I’ll stay out of this one and take it to the “other” blog. LOL!!!!

***picking up my TSPLOST bag and moving to the blog across the street***

Sam-A

July 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

And then there were two……..to quote the song “Trouble”, ‘weary, weary,weary’

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
2:29 pm

MyP…you give conservatives a bad name. You are what the liberals rebel against and hold up as an example of how the rest of us think. You are the excuse the liberals need to rally their forces. There’s a BIG difference between what you believe and it what most conservatives think but you and your ilk are held up as examples of the evil, intolerant conservative by the media. You would have trouble recognizing a true conservative if one jumped up and bit you in the …patootie.

JT..the rebellion happened a long time ago.

Deirdre

July 25th, 2012
2:37 pm

I am dealing with way too many personal issues this week to sit around arguing with a horse’s patootie so I’m going to take a little break. Back after I cool off.

DanJ

July 25th, 2012
2:40 pm

I don’t know anyone here personally but I don’t have a problem with anyone expressing their opinions. I may agree with a person on one post and disagree on the next. I probably should use the screen-name Enigma.

I post here because I enjoy music and yes the shows. Although I don’t care for the trolls. Debate is good and we all should respect someones opinions whether we agree or disagree.

Did I miss something? Is Patootie considered a bad word? I’ve used keister before. Isn’t it the same thing? Knew I shouldn’t have moved to Alabama. My IQ has dropped 100 points already.

Harriett

July 25th, 2012
2:47 pm

LOL @ DanJ!!

G

July 25th, 2012
2:47 pm

Well said DanJ ^^^^^^^

Seth T

July 25th, 2012
2:52 pm

Back for lunch. Where’s Skylar?

Here’s a picture slide show of Brad & Carrie singing “Oh Love”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h82lr45UwTs

JTesla

July 25th, 2012
2:54 pm

LOL I agree DanJ, I’m sure “tugged” isn’t a bad word in Alabama either.

Speaking of tugged…