'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake
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Timberlake rep has said that the star's blossoming film career, which includes upcoming turns in "The Social Network" and "Bad Teacher," makes the possibility of the pop singer becoming a permanent "Idol" judge "just silly."
Meanwhile, John's UK publicist Gary Farrow told Deadline that the rumor is "absolute rubbish" and has been since surfacing when season 9 of "American Idol" ended in May. "This story's three months old… Elton's got commitments right up until next year. At the moment as we stand, Elton has no plans to do that show."
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John and Timberlake were previously on "Idol" producer Simon Fuller's wish list of replacements for Cowell, which also includes Chris Isaak, Harry Connick Jr. and other music celebrities.