Justin Timberlake... Idol judge?
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Pop star Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity name to emerge as a potential contender for Simon Cowell's vacant judging seat on American Idol.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "SexyBack" hitmaker has joined Sir Elton John, Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr. as rumored replacements for Cowell.
Cowell quit the show in May to focus on his new series The X Factor, which premieres in September, 2011.
Reports suggest Idol producer Simon Fuller and Fox network executives are also considering dumping the entire judges panel - which would mean booting songwriter Kara DioGuardi and renegotiating multi-year contracts with Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres.
Jessica Simpson is also rumored to be on the list of potential new judges.
Idol bosses have insisted no decision is imminent, but insiders expect the new judge to be named in September.
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