Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams In Talks To Judge "American Idol"
Nick Jonas and Pharell Williams are having discussions with the producers of "American Idol" to join the judging panel for Season 12 of FOX's hit show.
Jonas was flown to Los Angeles for meetings to discuss the role and Williams is negotiating the terms of the contract, US Weekly reports.
"Nick is pretty close to signing to be the 'Idol' judge," a source told the magazine exclusively. "They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings."
The source told US Weekly that producers of the show are considering the former Disney star because he would attract a younger audience.
Jonas and Williams would be sitting on the judging panel with Mariah Carey. Randy Jackson will no longer judge but will serve a mentoring role, the source claims.
Carey confirmed her role last week during a Television Critics Association press conference. The award-winning singer was rumored to have signed a deal close to $18 million for the season.
"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back to American Idol," she said.
Jonas, 19, recently ended a stint on Broadway performing in "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." He appeared in Disney's "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2." As part of a singing band with his brothers called The Jonas Brothers, the siblings had their own hit show on the teen network, "Jonas L.A."
Williams, 39, composed music at this year's Academy Awards and has produced musical hits for pop stars including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani. He has won 3 Grammys, including "Best Pop Vocal Album" category for music he produced for Timberlake. He is currently producing music for Miley Cyrus' next album slated for release this year.
Ryan Seacrest will continue to host "American Idol" when the show returns January 2013.