OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina Votes for Brad Paisley

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Lauren Alaina is gunning for Brad Paisley as a judge on American Idol.

“I think that would be really cool. He has a great personality and every time I’ve talked with him he’s been super nice. He is really cool. I think that would be a good move for the show,” the former Idol contestant turned country singer told CMT Radio.

So far, no other artists that I know of have spoken up about Paisley’s possible invitation to sit at the judges table with Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey. I wonder what American Idol winner Scotty McCreery would think. He’s been touring with Paisley all summer and would probably have some great insight into how he would fit into that panel.

There’s still no official word on all this talk, but if it does happen, I think it would make a whole bunch of country fans extremely happy, proud and feeling very well-represented.

In other American Idol judge recruitment news, Toby Keith was reportedly offered the job. He turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.