Jamie Foxx would like to take over Simon Cowell's judging gig on American Idol, but the singer and actor is just too busy!
"I would love to do it, but I don't think I would be able to do it," he told me at his star-studded pre-Grammy party last night. "I don't think I could fill Simon's shoes, but I would give it another perspective...what I want is for the kids to go from being contest participants to artists, and that's where I would come in."
And although his A-list bash at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills was filled with his famous friends including Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, Gerard Butler, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Paris Hilton, Jamie dished about who he really wants to see this Sunday at the Grammys...
"I'm looking forward to meeting some of my favorite country singers like Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert," Jamie told me. "People think it's a little weird when I talk about country music, but they have some of the greatest stories in the world."
He already worked with one country star in Valentine's Day: Taylor Swift . As for his own plans on Feb. 14?
"I'm gonna chill with my daughter," Jamie said. "I'm gonna be her valentine."
Valentine's Day director Garry Marshall was at the soiree, and hung with lovey-dovey Ashton and Demi, who called it an early night. Jessica Alba showed up later, sporting a new shorter 'do, with Cash Warren in tow. Gerard Butler arrived solo and was chatting up a bunch of girls, including Stacy Keibler. He even got a shout-out from Jamie when he took the mic and announced that Gerry was "dripping with charisma."
The party, which began on the hotel's rooftop, had to be moved downstairs since it was still going strong after the scheduled 11 p.m. end time. Even Clive Davis, who hosts his own legendary bash tonight, stayed late and made a toast to Jamie.
Jake Gyllenhaal (who made a cameo in Jamie's Blame It video) seemed to be doing just fine since his split from Reese Witherspoon.