‘American Idol’ Eying Chris Isaak To Replace Simon

by | July 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM | American Idol, RealityTV, TV News

Chris Isaak and Simon Cowell (Photos: Steven Lovekin/Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chris Isaak and Simon Cowell (Photos: Steven Lovekin/Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“Wicked Games” crooner Chris Isaak is the latest front runner to emerge in ‘American Idol‘s Who Will Replace Simon Cowell? Sweepstakes. Rocker Bret Michaels, meanwhile, is out of the mix.

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Isaak has twice met with Fox to discuss the job opening, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Sources also tell the trade that ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ champ Michaels, despite fervent and public lobbying for the plum gig, has dropped off the reality hit’s short list.

‘Idol’ Season 10 auditions kicked off earlier this month in Nashville.

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Isaak is no stranger to TV, having guested on shows such as ‘Friends‘ and even headlined his own eponymous series for Showtime.

Carefully crowning Simon’s successor is considered a critical part of ‘Idol’s apparent “revamp,” also factoring in a rule change that has lowered the minimum applicant age to 16.

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THR is also hearing that another, unidentified candidate to replace Simon has also gleaned interest from Cowell’s U.S. adaptation of ‘The X Factor,’ which is set to premiere on Fox in fall 2011. Ergo, a rather ironic if not unexpected “tug of war” over the piece of talent is now underway.

What do you think, ‘Idol’ faithful? Do you wanna fall in love with the idea of Judge Chris Issak?