Big Star To Join American Idol Panel?

After Simon Cowell’s departure from American Idol (in his pursuit of creating an American version of British singing talent show X Factor (X Factor USA), which starts in 2011), producers are wanting to line up an equally big name for the vacant seat on Idol’s judging panel.

Pop star Justin Timberlake, and English music legend Sir Elton John, are the main attractions on a shortlist of 4 potential replacements for music mogul Cowell. The two superstars are the preferred choices of show founder Simon Fuller, who is also hoping to be rejoined on the production team by Nigel Lythgoe – who started ‘Pop Idol’ with Simon back in Britain in 2001.However, it has been claimed that Nigel’s return to the show could mean the current members of the judging panel – consisting of Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres – could be completely altered.

The website Hollywood Report claimed: “Industry rumors have been circulating for weeks that show’s creator Simon Fuller and Fox are considering not just replacing Cowell, but dumping the entire judges panel.”

Back in April, Nigel admitted he would make a complete shake-up of the remaining members of the panel if he still worked on the show. Meanwhille, the other shortlisted judges competing against Timberlake and John for a slot on the new series are lesser-known Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr., with a decision set to be made in advance of the launch of the new series in January 2011.


  1. Snooples
    Snooples July 31, 2010 at 10:09 am

    American Idol is actually thinking of signing JLo as the 3rd member. Too bad Ellen will not be returning cause she said she doesn’t want to hurt people’s feelings. This is too bad cause she’s very funny. I find she’s very quick on her feet making jokes on the fly.

  2. Manda
    Manda August 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I stopped watching American Idol back when Fantasia Barino won. I felt that it had become rather ridiculous. LaToya London had class, an incredible voice and a natural stage presence and was voted off much too early. Fantasia winning that year just made the whole thing a great big joke to me.

    HOWEVER if Elton John joined the panel of judges, I would definitely start watching the show again simply to get a weekly dose of Elton! :-) He’s been an idol of mine for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine any other artist or member of the music community who would be a better fit. Elton is an unrivaled talent who I believe could be completely impartial and honest. He is brilliant and well loved. He’s a living legend! Who better to take over the show and bring back what it should really be about: THE MUSIC!

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