According to the “Hollywood Reporter”, CHRIS ISAAK is now the leading candidate to replace Simon Cowell on the “American Idol” judging panel. He’s had two meetings with Fox and “Wicked Game” was a hit 21 years ago, so he’s got credibility.
He’s got the slight edge right now over HARRY CONNICK JR., who got great reviews as a guest mentor to the “Idol” contestants last season.
DONALD TRUMP is also in the mix for Simon’s job, although his contract with NBC and COMPLETE LACK OF MUSIC KNOWLEDGE might get in the way. Plus, the “celebrity who has their own popular show but doesn’t know anything about music” role is already being filled by ELLEN DEGENERES.
BRET MICHAELS used to be a candidate but, apparently, he’s been ruled out.
–”Idol” auditions are already underway . . . the crew was in Milwaukee yesterday. . . but Fox could take until September to make a decision and have the new judge join the panel. The 10th season of “Idol” will premiere on January 12th of next year.