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Kelly Clarkson, Joe Jonas

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Who knows if American Idol is going to suck without Paula Abdul next season, but her empty chair will be getting quite the workout regardless.

The original Idol, season-one winner Kelly Clarkson, and teen dream Joe Jonas are the latest hitmakers who will be pulling guest-judge duty on the Fox series' upcoming ninth season, the L.A. Times' Showtracker blog reported Tuesday.

Like Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige and, most recently, Shania Twain, the pop stars have signed on to critique a set of wannabes during one of the audition rounds.

(Not really sure how any "Burnin' Up" fan is going to make it through her/his solo in front of the arguably hottest JoBro, but maybe we'll be lucky enough to be privy to some innocent, nonfatal hyperventilating.)

Clarkson last graced the Idol stage as a performer in March, while Joe and his fellow Jonas Brothers performed on the season-seven finale, before the coronation of David Cook.

Well, we both know the latest judges can sing. The only question is, do we care what they think?


Doesn't Kelly Clarkson look hot in the video for "Already Gone"?