On Monday (August 17), it was rumored that [artist id="1245169"]Jessica Simpson[/artist] would be the next celebrity to join Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi at the judges’ table on “American Idol.” But it turns out the only reality show Simpson will be on is her upcoming VH1 show “The Price of Beauty.”
The report also said that it is her dad and manager, Joe Simpson, who was pushing to get Simpson a slot on the program, a claim he denied on his Twitter page. “So, I am in Thailand … But, of course, the Post says I am in town trying to get [Jess] to be the replacement for [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul[/artist] … Do the lies ever stop????”
Meanwhile, People magazine is reporting that country star [artist id="50102"]Shania Twain[/artist] is in talks to be a guest judge. She could be one of the judges when the show makes a stop in Chicago on August 30 and 31, the mag reports.
If Twain does sign on, she’d be joining Mary J. Blige, who will guest-judge when the show stops in Atlanta. Katy Perry and Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham have also been confirmed as guest judges for this season, hoping to fill the void left by Paula Abdul’s surprising exit .
The permanent solution for filling Abdul’s empty chair has yet to be announced. Earlier this month, Peter Rice, chairman of entertainment at Fox, told Reuters that they’ll be coming up with a replacement “between now and January. … Obviously, there is going to be a different dynamic, [and] there is something exciting about that.”
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