American Idol: Will.i.am "In Talks" to Be a Judge

Exclusive! Source says the Black Eyed Peas singer close to joining the Fox show

By Marc Malkin Aug 01, 2013 8:56 PMTags
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With Keith Urban returning to American Idol and Jennifer Lopez very close to doing the same that means there's just one more seat to fill at the judges' table.

Who will it be?

Well, it could be will.i.am, according to a source.

"He's in talks," the source said. "It looks like he's going to do it."

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Earlier this month, sources told E! News that producers included him on a list of possible new judges. Other notable names included Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.

The Dreamgirls Oscar winner was to become a judge until a shakeup at the Fox show included new producers rethinking the judging table for season 13.

The Black Eyed Peas singer has been a regular mentor on Idol. He performed "Bang Bang" off his new album #willpower and The Great Gatsby soundtrack on the last season of Idol in May.

He's also been a coach for the last two seasons of the U.K. version of The Voice.

A rep for Fox declined to comment. Reps for will.i.am also didn't comment.