While Adam Lambert, Aretha Franklin and Miley Cyrus have all been rumored, Deadline revealed the latest performer to land on the "maybe" list.
Country star Brad Paisley.
Brad's led an impressive career with 16 No. 1 hit singles on Country's Billboard charts and three Grammy wins and it actually makes sense the show would cast a judge from the country realm.
Several of the show's most famous expats identify with the genre. Kelly Clarkson, the show's first official winner, has produced pop albums but has deep Southern roots, while Carrie Underwood who won the fourth season has gone on to become one of the most famous mainstream country singers on the musical landscape today.
Season 5's Kellie Pickler was a country singer as was season 10's Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, plus this past season's Skylar Laine.
Who would be your judge picks for the next season of American Idol?