Elton John in the frame for judge role

Friday August 6, 2010

Elton John is apparently in "first place" to become a new judge on American Idol.

The programme's executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, said: "I would put [Elton] in first place for me because I know him so well.

"I don't know if you saw one of his programmes, Tantrums and Tiaras. An Elton John tantrum is certainly worth tuning in for."

The judging panel is set to change as the show looks for someone to replace Simon Cowell, who left last season.

And after the departure of Ellen DeGeneres, there are at least two positions waiting to be filled. Stars in the line-up include: Jennifer Lopez, Shania Twain, Justin Timberlake, Steve Tyler and Harry Connick Jr.

Randy Jackon, the only remaining original judge, will not be replaced.

Photo: Getty Images

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