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"Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge," an insider told the publication. "They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings." It looks like "Idol" producers may be following in the footsteps of one of their competitors when it comes to the 19-year-old JoBro. "The X Factor" recently added 19-year-old Demi Lovato to their own judges' panel lineup -- a move that can be interpreted as a bid to attract younger viewers.
N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell, 39, is reportedly negotiating the terms of his own contract. "Everything is looking good, but they're still working out details," an insider claimed. As talented and established as he is, we'd be surprised if Williams scores a paycheck anywhere near Mariah's rumored $18 million deal.
Earlier this month, judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they would not be returning to the show for its upcoming season. The only remaining original "Idol" judge, Randy Jackson, has yet to make a statement about his future on the program, but he's reportedly transitioning into a "mentoring role."
Nick and Pharrell join the likes of Adam Lambert and Toby Keith on the list of previous potential "Idol" judges. We'll have to wait and see if their names stick!