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Idol's Judge Sweepstakes Continue: Elton John? Justin Timberlake?

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John's 1975 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, an album cover that terrified me as a little kid.

The search of the next judge to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol continues, with the producers throwing more big names into the list of candidates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elton John and Justin Timberlake are under next-Simon consideration. Though it’s not entirely clear who’s considering whom.

Captain Fantastic and JT add to a list that’s reported to include Bret Michaels, Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr. as well. Of these candidates, Connick seems like the sharpest critic and best fit, based on his perfomance as mentor last season, though Sir Elton is an intriguing choice.

The other interesting possibility raised by the THR post is that the producers could replace more than just Simon: Kara DioGuardi’s contract is reportedly up, and it’s conceivable (though potentially expensive) they could purge the whole panel.

Is this the moment for Paula Abdul to return? All is forgiven!