Chris Isaak favored to replace Simon Cowell as 'American Idol's' new judge in season 10
By Soraya Roberts
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 9:53 AM
Chris Isaak (r.) is reportedly the front-runner to replace Simon Cowell as 'American Idol's' new judge next year.
What a wicked thing to do, Chris Isaak, to make us dream of you.
The "Wicked Game" singer is the front-runner to replace Simon Cowell as the new judge on "American Idol," according to The Hollywood Reporter
The 54-year-old folk singer, who starred in his own series, "The Chris Isaak Show" in 2001 as well as a number of other TV shows, has reportedly met twice with Fox.Isaak is currently vying for the Brit's spot with Harry Connick Jr., who was one of the favorite mentors this past “Idol” season.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that early favorite Bret Michaels is out of the running,
though he revealed to HLN's Joy Behar last week that he "would love to do it."
Despite his hosting and producing duties with NBC's "Apprentice" franchise, Donald Trump has also reportedly lobbied to replace Cowell."
Heating up the casting race between Simon Fuller's hit singing show and Cowell's new competition series, "The X-Factor," one candidate is reportedly being wooed by both series.
Though Fox has denied they are close to deciding, the network's chairman, Peter Rice, says he thinks the new "Idol" judge will join the auditions by early September.
"American Idol" auditions for season 10 are already under way and the show is slated to premiere on January 12, 2011.
oh boy, it just gets worse...