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Three Enter Competition as Simon Cowell's Replacement on 'Idol'

July 21, 2010 (8:18 am) GMT
The likes of Chris Isaak, Harry Connick Jr. and, surprisingly, Donald Trump have been mentioned as the considered candidates for season 10 judging panel.

Three names have been tossed in as the potential replacement of on "". One of them which is has been heard before because he was praised for his brief stint as guest mentor in season 9, but and Donald Trump only enter the consideration list now.

In its report, THR said Isaak has had two meetings with FOX so far but no deal has been reached or announced. Meanwhile, Connick Jr. has been a favorite among viewers mainly because he blended well while serving as a mentor. In an even odder casting, Donald Trump is said lobbying to replace Cowell although he is producing for NBC's "".

FOX reportedly has met the candidates and a "tug-of-war" even ensued because the network is also looking for judges for the U.S. version of "". Meanwhile, is out of the equation, at least for the "Idol" post. The rocker previously confirmed that he was in talks with the producers.

Announcement is expected to be made soon since "American Idol" has started auditioning in cities around the U.S. and will continue doing so up to August 19. The new judge would join the audition roadshow in early September, Peter Rice, the network's new entertainment chairman said.

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