The powers that be at "American Idol" "have been talking about Adam [Lambert] for over a month" as someone who could be the next judge on "American Idol," reports E! online,
E! reports that this information comes from an unnamed source, who adds that Lambert "personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him."
The story also notes, "As E! News first told you, Jennifer Lopez has no plans to return for a third time at the judges’ table. As for Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, a source tells us that they are not necessarily going to be back either. ‘Randy is great, but he’s part of the old Idol,’ the source said. ‘They want to keep the soul of the show but have a new look, and for that reason he may well not be part of the new lineup.’ A Tyler source confirms the Aerosmith frontman isn’t sure of his future. ‘All up in the air,’ the source said. ‘We shall see.’"
The E! story adds that "Fox will, multiple sources confirm, try to change Lopez’s mind. ‘I don’t know if they can afford Jennifer, but they have let it be known that she has a guaranteed spot if she wants it,’ one of the sources said. ‘She appeals to everyone so the big bosses are in favor of keeping her on.’"