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Kelly Clarkson Suggest Carrie Underwood As An "Idol" Judge


Kelly Clarkson thinks "American Idol" should consider tapping Carrie Underwood as judge. The inaugural winner of the Fox reality show tells "Us Weekly" she thinks the season four champ "would be good" in the role, because she has "that bluff face." Clarkson adds that she believes Underwood's mass communications degree, which Carrie earned as a member of the Class of 2006 at Tahlequah, Oklahoma's Northeastern State University, would help her as a judge. Clarkson, who was a mentor on ABC's "Duets" this summer, says she wouldn't want to be a talent show judge. She explains that she's much more comfortable grooming a performer's skills, not evaluating them.

Since her "Idol" win in 2005, Underwood has demonstrated her loyalty to the show. She often gives the show credit when accepting awards and honors, and she's made multiple returns to the "Idol" stage as a guest performer. "Idol" has been looking for new judges following the departure this month of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. The show just added Mariah Carey to the panel, and "Idol's" last remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, is expected to return next season.

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