Is Brad Paisley the next country star to join a singing competition show? Blake Shelton can definitely attest to the positive effects from his time as a coach on "The Voice." The same can be said for Keith Urban, who appeared on the Australian version of the show. Jennifer Nettles just helped one of her protégés win the inaugural season of "Duets." And then there's John Rich, who is preparing for a stint on "The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep," which premieres Aug. 16.

Deadline.com reports that "American Idol" producers are "seriously considering" Brad for one of the empty chairs, left vacant by the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. But a representative for the "Camouflage" singer tells The Boot that they have "no information to share" at this time.

Adding a country voice to the original singing competition show's judging panel could definitely be beneficial to the program, which has jump started the careers of a number of country singers, including Brad's duet partner Carrie Underwood, current tour opener Scotty McCreery and former tourmate Kellie Pickler.

As for the other slots on the "American Idol" panel, Mariah Carey recently signed on, and Deadline.com speculates that her co-manager and original "Idol" judge Randy Jackson will return. Additionally, the show may be making the move to a four-person panel, mirroring that of "The Voice" and "The X Factor."

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