Report: Jennifer Hudson to Join 'American Idol' as Judge

Fox overhauling panel after last season's steep ratings declines

American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson is poised to
return to the Fox singing competition show as a judge, according to an E!

Fox is in the process of overhauling the Idol judges'
panel after the series declined 25% in the ratings this year, contributing to
the network losing
the adults 18-49 ratings crown
for the first time in nine years. Veteran
judge Randy Jackson has already announced he
won't return next season
and fellow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and
Keith Urban are also not expected back.

Hudson was a finalist on the third season of Idol and
went on to win an Oscar for her role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls and a
Grammy for her debut album in 2008. Her presence on the panel would reinforce a
fact that Idol producers love to make when compared to other singing competition
shows -- that theirs is the only one to launch big stars.

Indeed, the E! report said that Idol alums Kelly
Clarkson and Adam Lambert are being eyed to fill additional spots at the
judges' table next season.

A Fox representative had no comment.