Given the plethora of “American Idol” news lately, one might think the season premiere is just around the corner. However, we still have a few months to wait. In the meantime, the “Idol” powers that be have kept our curiosity piqued with the announcement of new judge Mariah Carey, as well as a slew of other rumored potential judges.
The latest rumblings indicate that singer/Broadway star Nick Jonas and N.E.R.D. rapper/producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams are in serious talks to join Carey at the judges’ table. According to Us Weekly, Jonas’ deal is all but signed.
“Nick is pretty close to signing to be the ‘Idol’ judge,” an unnamed source told the magazine. “They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings.”
The magazine’s insider also claimed that Williams is close to inking a deal: “Everything is looking good, but they’re still working out details.”
Fox has not yet commented on the rumors, which also included talks of country stars Brad Paisley and Toby Keith being courted as potential judges. Keith reportedly turned down the offer due to his busy touring schedule, and Paisley has yet to confirm or deny the talks.
It is also still unclear what official role longtime judge Randy Jackson will have on the show next season, though most insiders report Jackson will be making a move from judge to mentor .
“American Idol” isn’t the only talent competition beefing up its roster of big names: “The Voice” recently announced that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will serve as a mentor for Christina Aguilera’s team, and “X Factor” made waves with its addition of pop princesses Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
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