Brad Paisley May Join Mariah Carey as an American Idol Judge

Entertainment Jul. 25, 2012 AT 12:30PM
Brad Paisley poses for photographers during the installation ceremony for director John Lasseter's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Brad Paisley poses for photographers during the installation ceremony for director John Lasseter's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

American Idol's 12th season might just get a little bit country.

Days after Mariah Carey was officially named to the judges' panel of FOX's hit series, Deadline.com reports that the show is courting country crooner Brad Paisley to join her.

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According to the site, now that "Always Be My Baby" pop legend Carey, 42, has succeeded Jennifer Lopez -- who exited earlier this month after two seasons as a judge -- Idol is now focused on finding a male judge and sees strong potential in Paisley, 39. (Steven Tyler announced his own departure just days before Lopez.)

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For season 12, Idol is said to also be toying with the idea of a four-person panel, which was scrapped when Lopez and Steven Tyler joined Idol's only remaining original judge Randy Jackson in 2010. (Sources tell Us Jackson will transition into a new role as mentor now that Carey, whom he manages, is a judge.)

Paisley already has ties to the reality competition series, having recorded the song "Remind Me" with Idol's most successful country winner, Carrie Undewood, and toured with season 10 champ Scotty McCreery.

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