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Shania Twain to guest judge ‘American Idol,’ not Jessica Simpson


Another stop on the “American Idol” audition tour, another celebrity judge filling in for Paula Abdul.

People.com has confirmed that Shania Twain will be the next singing star to join Simon, Randy and Kara on the judges’ panel. She’ll help cover the Chicago round on Aug. 30-31.

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Twain follows Mary J. Blige, who helped out in Atlanta this week, and Victoria “Posh” Beckham, who pouted with the Boston wanna-bes earlier this month.

So who’s next? Katy Perry is on board at some point in the audition process, but meanwhile, the show’s producers are also searching for a permanent replacement for Paula. (That is, if they’re not secretly in talks to bring Paula back in time for Hollywood week, as some cynics suspect.)

The latest rumor had Jessica Simpson as a contender, with the New York Post’s Page Six claiming that her manager father, Joe, was pushing for the gig.

Simpson’s rep denied the story, and Joe Simpson himself sent out a tweet saying he was in Thailand, writing: “Do the lies ever stop????”

Well, if the story isn’t true – and Joe Simpson doesn’t exactly have a reputation for truth-telling – then Joe should get his tush back to the U.S.

Because given the sorry state of Jess’s career (and love life) at the moment, they should both be happy she’s being mentioned in the same breath as America’s No. 1 TV show…

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 7:42 am |
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