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Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams Allegedly Frontrunners to Be 'American Idol' Judges

July 31, 2012 (6:49 am) GMT
The youngest member of the Jonas Brothers is said to be close to signing up for the gig, while the N.E.R.D rapper is reportedly still working out details of his contract.

and could join in the upcoming twelfth season of "". Words on the street are, the two artists are the frontrunners to fill the two vacant seats on the judging panel, with an assumption that is moved into a mentoring role.

"Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge," a so-called insider tells Us Weekly, which previously got the scoop about Carey's possible involvement. The source adds, "They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings," as the show's producers allegedly "think he can help bring that younger demo to the show."

While the member is reportedly close to seal the deal, Williams is still negotiating terms of his contract. "Everything is looking good, but they're still working out details," the insider says of the contract negotiations.

Prior to Jonas and Williams, , , , and were also rumored to join the show. FOX has not commented on the reports.

"American Idol" season 12 will kick off in early 2013. Carey was tapped as a new judge after and announced their departures earlier this July.


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