Press Trust Of India Wednesday, July 28, 2010 (London)
Pop star Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity to emerge as a potential replacement for music mogul Simon Cowell as a judge on talent hunt show American Idol.
The SexyBack hitmaker has joined Sir Elton John, Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr as rumoured replacements for Cowell, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cowell quit the show in May this year to focus on his new US series The X Factor, which premieres in September 2011.
Producer Simon Fuller and Fox network executives are also reportedly considering dumping the entire judges panel – which would mean booting songwriter Kara DioGuardi and renegotiating multi-year contracts with Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres.
Idol bosses have insisted no decision is imminent, but insiders expect the new judge to be named in September this year.