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Jennifer Hudson May Already Be Signed On to Judge American Idol Next Year

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01:  Jennifer Hudson attends the 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 1, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Hudson; J-Hud, potential/probable Idol judge.

Well, that was fast: Barely a day after Vulture broke the news that Fox was mulling an all-alumni panel of judges for American Idol, with Jennifer Hudson among the names being discussed, there may already be some movement on that front. There's buzz around Hollywood that Hudson and Fox may have already started talks about her joining the show; one source tells us the deal is essentially "done." As always, Fox won't comment. And buzz even from people familiar with the situation does not always lead to deals, as we noted yesterday. But the idea of Idol alumni as judges may not be a dream after all.

Photo: Rob Kim