Justin Timberlake, Elton John Reps Deny 'Idol' Rumors

A rumor issued by The Hollywood Reporter yesterday that Justin Timberlake and Elton John have joined the list of potential Simon Cowell replacements on "American Idol" has been denied, according to Deadline. Representatives of both Timberlake and John have said that reports of their involvement with "Idol" are unfounded due to the artists' hectic schedules.

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A rep for Timberlake has said that the star's blossoming film career, which includes upcoming turns in "The Social Network" and "Bad Teacher," makes the possibility of the pop singer becoming a permanent "Idol" judge "just silly."

Meanwhile, John's UK publicist Gary Farrow told Deadline that the rumor is "absolute rubbish" and has been since surfacing when season 9 of "American Idol" ended in May. "This story's three months old… Elton's got commitments right up until next year. As we stand at the moment, Elton has no plans to do that show."

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John and Timberlake were previously on "Idol" producer Simon Fuller's wish list of replacements for Cowell, which also includes Chris Isaak, Harry Connick Jr. and other music celebrities.


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