'American Idol' exclusive: Harry Connick Jr., Shania Twain, three others 'highly unlikely' as judges

The list of contenders competing for a spot on the American Idol season 10 judges panel continues to shrink. A source close to the talks tells EW that Harry Connick Jr., Shania Twain, Chris Isaak, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Simpson - all of whom have been mentioned in the last two weeks as possible replacements for Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres - are now considered highly unlikely to get a full-time gig on Fox's ratings behemoth.

If the J.Lo deal falls into place, said the source, there's virtually no chance you'll see a second woman sitting alongside her. What's more, the insider added, the panel really has to appeal to a wide berth - from your 10-year-old niece to your grandmother. I don't think every person who's been rumored for the position necessarily fits that bill.

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