Brad Paisley Joining 'American Idol'?
Report: FOX is 'seriously considering' country star
Country representation would make sense for the FOX reality competition, as Deadline points out, since the show's most successful victor (Carrie Underwood) comes from the genre -- as does last year's winner (Scotty McCreery) and runner-up (Lauren Alaina). In addition, NBC's "The Voice" has worked well with mentoring by country singer Blake Shelton.
Paisley, in particular, would make sense since he has performed on "Idol," topped the charts with an Underwood duet ("Remind Me") and toured with McCreery.
Two vacancies were created this month after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they both had real music careers they would rather return to. Earlier this week, the show announced that one vacancy would be filled by Mariah Carey.
According to Deadline, Randy Jackson is expected to return as a judge.
Season 12 of "American Idol" premieres in early 2013 on FOX.