Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

According to E! News and several other media outlets, Jennifer Hudson will return to her American Idol roots as a judge next season.

Multiple sources confirmed to the entertainment news and celebrity gossip site that the Oscar-winning singer has signed a deal to sit at the judges’ table this fall for season 13.

Two spots are also intended for former Idol contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

E! News says that sources tell them Clarkson is close to signing on, but there is no word on whether Aiken or Lambert will fill the third chair.

In addition to the recently rotating judges’ chairs, E! News says that the panel will return to its original format of three members.

Information from E! News contributed to this report.