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Country Stars We Want to See at the Judge’s Table on ‘American Idol’

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It has been reported that American Idol will more than likely cut ties with all four judges after the end of this season. The show has lost the spark that kept so many people locked in for 12 years. And throughout those years, it seems the country music genre has had the most success with artists from that show. How amazing would it be to have them replaced with all country music superstars? If that were a realistic idea, these are some of the stars we would want to see!

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Carrie Underwood



Carrie Underwood is obviously our first choice to judge Idol. Not only is she one of the biggest stars in country music, she is one of the handful of country artists to come from the Idol stage. She braved her way through the competition and won, so it’s only fitting that she be a judge.


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Scotty McCreery



Like Underwood, McCreery battled his way through the competition and took home the title of American Idol. His career has been solid since the show, all the while going to college. He would be a great judge because he has been in the contestants shoes, plus he is young and could connect well with a younger audience.


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Vince Gill



Vince Gill is kind of the Superman of country music. He sings, writes, produces, performs, and has a hand in almost every part of country music there is. He doesn’t do just country either. I think Vince would make a heck of a judge by finding good, raw talent.


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Hunter Hayes



Before you start judging this pick, hear me out. I understand he’s young and doesn’t have the same amount of success as others, but this kid knows music. He plays every instrument you can think of, wrote every song on his album, produces, wrote some of the biggest hits for other artists, stretches out from genre to genre, and is just straight up talented. He knows his stuff from every angle of the industry. He’s definitely a good choice.


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Shania Twain



Shania knows a thing or two about sitting behind the judges table. Back in season 9 she was a guest mentor on the show in which every contestant sang one of her songs. The episodes she was on brought in the highest numbers of the season just under the finale. America loves her, contestants love her, so why not?


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