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Who better to judge musical talent than artist as gifted as Pharrell Williams? US Weekly reports that the Neptunes producer is one of the music stars being considered to become a new judge on American Idol in lieu of Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler’s departures. According to the mag’s source, Jackson will be assuming a “mentoring” role, leaving two vacancies to be filled next Mariah Carey, who accepted a lucrative deal to become a judge on the reality television series and talent show.

Williams — who has produced hit records for Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani — is currently negotiating the terms of his contract. “Everything is looking good, but they’re still working out details,” an insider tells Us.

Ahem, Williams has also produced hits for Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Lupe Fiasco, Clipse and many other Hip-Hop acts. That’s just a friendly reminder for all those caught up in his Pop accomplishments.

It will be interesting to see if Skateboard P is indeed able to add “American Idol Judge” to an already crowded resume and schedule that includes overseeing his i am OTHER Youtube channel, running the BBC clothing line and dropping a memoir, Places and Spaces I’ve Been, in October, among other endeavors.

What do you think of the prospect of Pharrell Williams getting to decide who the next American Idol winner will be?


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