Pharrell, Nick Jonas Latest Rumored 'Idol' Judges
With Mariah locked down, gossip mill turns toward hip-hop producer and pop star
By Kenny Herzog Jul 31, 2012 9:03AM
Twelve years ago, on the hook of Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love You," producer Pharrell Williams crooned, "I'm a hustla baby/I just want you to know/It ain't where I been/But where I'm about to go." If insiders at Us Weekly are to be trusted, turns out he was ultimately headed for a judge's chair on "American Idol."
MTV and numerous other outlets are citing Us Weekly's report that both the Neptunes maestro and sometime-"Smash" guest star/pop wunderkind Nick Jonas are in proverbial "talks" to join Mariah Carey on Season 12 of "AI."
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In fact, the Us source claims that Williams—who's produced not only hip-hop A-listers like Jay-Z over the years, but also pop stars including new "X Factor" judge Britney Spears -- is all but a done deal, and that the show "flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings." The story provides less certain details on Jonas, only suggesting that "AI" producers "think he can help bring that younger demo to the show."
"American Idol" Season 12 premieres in early 2013 on FOX.
Aug 8, 2012 10:52AM
So cool to see mariah as a judge, I think she will do great! But honestly, who is pharrell williams? I have never heard of him. I see he's a producer but I've never heard anything of his.
Jul 31, 2012 11:10AM
If Mariah is a judge, I will never watch again. Who wants to watch someone who has always been so "look at me" when the show is supposed to be about the contestants.
Jul 31, 2012 10:39AM
Some stupid (c)rap/hip hop idiot is the LAST thing I want to see. Would certainly NOT be thrilled with Nick Jonas either but at least he does have a modicum of musical talent. Unlike the " hustla baby" One tone deaf POS like mariah carey is too many already!
Jul 31, 2012 10:17AM
I thought they were interested in Brad Paisley? I'd rather see him as a judge than some teeny bopper idol and a hip hop artist. Idol is going downhill really fast.
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