Kelly Clarkson: “Carrie Underwood for ‘American Idol!'”

Move over, Aretha! Kelly Clarkson believes her fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood would make a great judge on the pop star search show following the recent departures of pundits Stephen Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

Kelly shot to fame after winning the inaugural season of Idol in 2002. Carrie was the winner of the fourth season three years later.

The “Stronger” star believes her country counterpart would make a great addition to the fractured panel, thanks to her educational background and uncanny poker face. Carrie, 29, graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, with a concentration in journalism.

When asked if Carrie would make a good judge, Kelly replied:

“She would! Didn’t she major in journalism or something? And she can have that face…that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good.”

Several major names have been linked to Idol judging spots as ratings for the aging talent show continue to tumble with each passing season. Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Jerry Lewis and Adam Lambert – who finished as runner-up on the show in 2009 — have each reportedly been courted for the program.

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