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Justin Timberlake and Elton John ‘Idol’ Rumor Gets the Ax

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By Daniel Gates


Here’s a shocker: HollywoodLife saw big names in a rumor and printed it without checking for accuracy.

“Fox executives have been in talks to replace the current [“American Idol”] judges with superstars like Elton John and Justin Timberlake,” writes the site, sourcing very speculative reports that suggested John and Timberlake could be in the mix to replace Simon Cowell.

As both potential hires would “cost a fortune,” continues HollywoodLife, Fox has supposedly considered dumping the entire current panel to accommodate a new dream team.

Tricky financial gymnastics are what’s “stopping this major Idol shakeup,” concludes the site.

Gossip Cop would like to point out at least one more small problem:

Neither Elton John nor Justin Timberlake has any interest in joining the show.

In fact, we first reported John’s “no” to the show back in January, and then again in April. He was never considering “Idol.”

As for Timberlake, a source connected to the pop megastar tells Gossip Cop it’s a “no go,” as he’s too busy with films and his own music career.

Sigh. HollywoodLife is (again) even more off-key than the dregs of the “Idol” audition round.

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