'American Idol' Looking at Nick Jonas and Pharrell for Judging Spot
The search continues! Mariah Carey has been added to the judges' table on "American Idol," but there's still one more seat left to be filled, left vacant after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler vacated at the end of season 11.
The latest names to be put into consideration are Nick Jonas and Pharrell. Jonas recently ended a run on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and is a tempting addition to the show for the youth that he brings with him. However, "Idol," has never had that much difficulty in courting a younger female audience, so maybe Jonas isn't the answer.
Pharrell, at 39, is a different kind of option for the show. With a career based in hip hop, Pharrell seems an odd choice for a vocal competition show that focuses on pop music, rarely has a minority in the finals, and leans toward country in general. However, Pharrell has made appearances on vocal competition shows before, helping Paula Abdul mentor her groups in "The X Factor." He has also produced records for everyone from Britney Spears to Gwen Stefani, so he clearly has know-how across genres.
Other names that have been tossed around for the gig include former "Idol" contestant Adam Lambert, who was one of the first people to be mentioned as in consideration for the job.