American Idol 2016: Ryan Seacrest Open To Original Judges Return

One last season awaits us with American Idol 2016 as FOX prepares to say goodbye to its former ratings juggernaut and send it off in to the sunset. What better opportunity to reflect on what made the show great when it started all those years ago?

American Idol original panel of Judges & host
American Idol original panel of Judges & host – Source: FOX

Speaking with FOX Audio Central, Idol host Ryan Seacrest appeared very interested in the idea of seeing the return of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson:

We haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet, but I would love to see them all come back. It would be fantastic to reignite that chemistry that made the show so popular, at least for a little bit.

FOX has already confirmed that all three of the current Judges will be back for American Idol 2016, so there won’t be a chance to have the original panel close out the series, but that’s okay. Jennifer, Keith, and Harry have done an excellent job in their roles and while it’d be great for a send-off season with the originals I think this one belongs to the new panel.

All the same, you know everyone involved would really like to see those familiar faces back at the stage again and I’m sure we will. Considering all the years they spent with the show I’m sure they’ll want to give it a farewell hug too.

What would you like to see happen with Simon, Paula, and Randy? Guest mentors over three weeks? One surprise week with all three at the Judges table? What might be the best way to get them involved again as we say goodbye to American Idol?