"American Idol" may try to turn past contestants into judges.

Wouldn't that be kind of like "Top Gun," when Maverick shot down all those commies, then went back to being an instructor? Well, except for the fact Clarkson hasn't killed anyone.

That we know of.

According to Vulture, "American Idol" producers have approached first-season champion Clarkson and former contestant Jennifer Hudson to become judges.

While the network hasn't exactly committed to the panel of judges for the show's upcoming 13th season, sources reportedly told TVGuide.com the network has shortlisted Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken as well.

"I'd like to see a past 'American Idol' contestant," Angie Miller, who finished third this season, told TVGuide.com. "They really understand what this process is like and what you do during the week. (It should be) someone who gets it."

PARTY WITH BIEBER, SIGN A CONTRACT: If you go to a party at Justin Bieber's house, you might want to bring your lawyer.

According to TMZ, Bieber requires house guests to a sign a contract that forbids them from talking about what goes on inside Bieber's house.

That's right. Whatever happens at Bieber's, stays at Bieber's.

TMZ reports that Liability Waiver and Release form specifies that anyone who spills details of the "physical health, or the philosophical, spiritual or other views or characteristics" of Bieber or any of his guests, will be liable for $5 million in damages.

And this being 2013, that covers tweeting, blogging and posting on Instagram.

Suddenly I kind of want to go to a party at Justin Bieber's house. Hue Hefner never demanded people sign documents barring them from discussing what went on in the grotto.

The form also warns visitors there may be activities going on Bieber's Party Pad that are "potentially hazardous and you should not participate unless you are medically able and properly trained."

Please tell me he doesn't have a stable full of donkeys.

The risks apparently include "minor injuries to catastrophic injuries, including death."

That's it. My goal in life now is to go to a party at Justin Bieber's house.

CHRIS BROWN HAS FENDER BENDER: Chris Brown and ex-girlfriend and Karrueche Tran got into a car accident Tuesday.

Then again, maybe she's not his ex-girlfriend anymore.

According to TMZ, Brown hit a Mercedes with his Range Rover while driving in Los Angeles. Tran was a passenger. They stopped and talked to the other driver, who, TMZ said, had "medium" damage to her car.

Brown and Tran reportedly left his Hollywood home and were headed for a recording studio when the accident happened, according to X17 Online. Paparazzi photographed Tran taking pictures of the damage with her phone. The police didn't get involved, but Brown and the unidentified driver exchanged information.

That's great, but the incident prompts a bigger question: How does this guy keep all these ex-girlfriends hanging around?

Brown has a somewhat tainted driving history. In February, the 24-year-old smashed his Porsche into a wall while being pursued by paparazzi. He wasn't injured.

But back to that ex-girlfriend thing.

Brown and Tran are apparently on again after Brown split from Rihanna before his birthday earlier this month.

The New York Post said Brown and Tran were getting cozy at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. Afterward, they were at Bruno Mars' after-party in the Bellagio.

"Brown was standing on the banquette dancing with Tran," a source told the Post. "He bent down a few times to kiss her, and kept running his hand through her hair and singing to her."

Your move, Rihanna.

KATIE HOLMES OUT WITH A MAN: Katie Holmes may have a new boyfriend.

Tom Cruise's 34-year-old ex-wife is seeing "Mania Days" co-star Luke Kirby, with whom she was photographed grabbing dinner in New York Tuesday evening after a day of shooting at Washington Square Park.

The Daily Mail said Holmes is "the latest actress to fall for her co-star," while the IBTimes wondered if "a special relationship is blossoming between Holmes and (Kirby)."

Has he been spotted jumping on any furniture? That's usually a pretty good indicator.

The film, produced by Spike Lee, follows a couple of manic depressives who start a romance after meeting in a psychiatric hospital. Kirby, a veteran television actor, recently played opposite Michelle Williams in "Take This Waltz."

Cruise was briefly linked to a New York restaurant manager in December, but told "Entertainment Tonight" he was focusing on work. "I'm not thinking about (dating) right now," he said. "Right now I'm thinking about the movie 'Oblivion.'"

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.

MAY 23 IN HISTORY

Thursday is May 23, the 143rd day of 2013. There are 222 days left in the year.

1430: Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.

1533: The marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

1701: William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convicted of piracy and murder.

1788: South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1873: Canada's Parliament voted to establish the North West Mounted Police force.

1911: The newly completed New York Public Library was dedicated by President William Howard Taft, Gov. John Alden Dix and Mayor William Jay Gaynor.

1934: Bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

1937: Industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, died in Ormond Beach, Fla., at age 97.

1945: Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Germany.

1949: The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established.

1967: Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships, an action which precipitated war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.

1984: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in nonsmokers.

1993: A jury in Baton Rouge, La., acquitted Rodney Peairs of manslaughter in the shooting death of Yoshi Hattori, a Japanese exchange student he'd mistaken for an intruder. (Peairs was later found liable in a civil suit brought by Hattori's parents.)

2003: By the narrowest of margins, Congress sent President George W. Bush the third tax cut of his presidency -- a $330 billion package of rebates and lower rates for families and new breaks for businesses and investors.

2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized after citing the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds. Televangelist John Hagee parted ways with John McCain following a storm over his endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate. (McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement after an audio recording from the late 1990s surfaced in which the preacher suggested that God had sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land.)

2012: One year ago: Egypt held the Arab world's first competitive presidential vote (Islamist Mohammed Morsi was ultimately named the winner following a runoff). A Pakistani doctor who'd helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden was convicted of conspiring against the state and was sentenced to 33 years in prison; U.S. officials had urged Pakistan to release Dr. Shakil Afridi.

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Joan Collins (80), comedian Drew Carey (55), actress Karen Duffy (52), rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) (46), rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) (43), singer Maxwell (40), singer Jewel (39), game show contestant Ken Jennings (39), actor Lane Garrison (33).

Associated Press