Who the heck is leaking names willy nilly? We’re all getting weary about the constant speculation, aren’t we?
The latest celebrity judge possibilities are Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and producer Pharrell Williams. The rumors come from Us magazine, which is not the most reliable source for news. (I’d say it’s a significant step below People and even below TMZ but on par with Radaronline.)
Nick Jonas is part of a group that was hot for a few minutes in 2009 but have been eclipsed by the likes of the Wanted and One Direction. His brother Joe guest judged a couple years ago and was a bore so I can’t say I’m too hopeful on this one. Then again, I know little to nothing about Nick so who knows? If “Idol” is seeking some sort of youthful resurgence, maybe he’s the ticket.
“The X Factor” has L.A. Reid. So producer Pharrell Williams could be “Idol’s” younger version. He’s a multi-faceted talent: fashion designer, rapper, producer, with a raft of hit singles as part of the Neptunes. The past year or so, he has produced cuts for Frank Ocean, the Wanted, Adam Lambert, Tyga and Lupe Fiasco.
Rumors are pointing to Randy Jackson going to mentor role. I”m not sure if this means Jimmy Iovine is out. I liked Jimmy’s salty comments, even if they were after the fact.
Also, Kimberley Locke from season two has expressed interest in being a judge. Given that “Idol” is going for big names or folks with major cred, she wouldn’t fit the bill. I like her well enough but have no clue if she’d make a decent judge in any way or if anybody would care.
E! Online has exclusive access right now to Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” video. You can check it out here. It’s inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.”
And because some of you guys like eye candy, here’s new “Idol” judge Mariah Carey’s single cover for “Triumphant”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk