There's still another seat open at "American Idol's" judges' table, and Deadline reports that Fox is seriously considering adding country star Brad Paisley to the mix.
Considering that some of "Idol's" most successful acts -- including Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery -- are country stars, Deadline speculates that Paisley could be a good move, as the genre clearly has appeal with "Idol's" audience.
There's also the success of country music's Blake Shelton on NBC's "The Voice" to consider.
No one from Fox or Paisley's camp has commented on the speculation, and Paisley's actually on tour until November. While that would potentially make it hard for him to join the series during its normal audition period, it looks like the Grammy winner could be free and clear by the time "Idol" hits the airwaves again at the start of next year.