One of the most enticing rumors of late finds pop music legend Elton John's name bandied about as a replacement for departing Simon Cowell on American Idol.
The hype started when TMZ suggested Elton's name as a suitable new judge to fill Simon's seat. After all, Elton's bitchy (his 1974 hit The Bitch Is Back wasn't called that for nothing), he's British, and he knows pop music better than anyone.
Since scoring his first hit in 1970, Elton's been out front as a performer/songwriter cranking out hit after hit. In the 70s, he owned his own record label (Rocket Records) and through it brought Neil Sedaka's dormant career back into hit-making status. He's also written a music column for Interview and has been a proponent of promoting new, younger talent such as Ryan Adams, Eminem and Groove Armada.
Elton was also a guest judge/mentor on Idol's second season.
Add all of that to his name recognition and an Elton-Simon swap could buy Idol a few more years.
Of course, none of this is official. But word has it, Elton's name is now being talked about on the Idol set and backstage.
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