After a four-month stint as J. Pierrepont Finch in the hit revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, pop star Nick Jonas could be heading to Hollywood. The teen heartthrob is currently in talks to succeed Steven Tyler as a judge for season 12 of American Idol judge, according to Us Weekly. The Jonas Brothers alum may be joined at the judges’ table by rapper, producer and fashion designer Pharrell Williams. Mariah Carey has signed on to replace former judge Jennifer Lopez. Original judge Randy Jackson is scheduled to appear on the hit singing competition as a mentor.
“Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge,” an insider source told US Weekly. “They flew him to L.A. last week for final meetings.” Jonas reportedly caught producers’ attention because he ‘can help bring that younger demo to the show.”
Jonas starred in How to Succeed from January 24 through May 20, 2012, when the production closed after 473 performances. His additional Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Annie Get Your Gun. He made his West End debut in Les Miserables and starred in the 25th Anniversary Les Miz concert at London’s O2 Arena. His film and TV credits include Smash, Night at the Museum, Camp Rock and Jonas. He is currently the frontman of Nick Jonas & the Administration.
“Who I Am” singer Nick Jonas, 19, and N.E.R.D. rapper Pharrell Williams, 39, are the frontrunners to fill the two vacant seats at the judges’ table, multiple insiders tell Us Weekly. (Jackson, 56, is being moved into a “mentoring role,” according to a source.)
“Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge,” one insider says. “They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings.”
Jonas recently ended a four-month engagement in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and according to a source, “[American Idol producers] think he can help bring that younger demo to the show.”
Williams — who has produced hit records for Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani — is currently negotiating the terms of his contract. “Everything is looking good, but they’re still working out details,” an insider tells Us.
A rep for FOX had no comment. Previous American Idol judges include Simon Cowell, 52, Paula Abdul, 50, Kara DioGuardi, 41, and Ellen DeGeneres, 54. Host Ryan Seacrest, 37, is slated to return for Season 12, premiering this winter.
According to Us Weekly, Mariah Carey’s future “American Idol” co-stars are very close to signing their own deals with the hit reality competition show for it’s upcoming twelfth season. Youngest Jonas Brother Nick Jonas and famed producer, singer and rapper Pharrell Williams are the frontrunners for the gig!
“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!