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Nick Jonas for American Idol panel?

Nick Jonas and Pharrel Williams are reportedly in talks to join Mariah Carey on the all-new American Idol judging panel.

Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their departure at the end of last season and Randy Jackson is reported to be taking on a "mentoring role".

Now Us Weekly magazine reports the 19-year-old Jonas Brother and the N.E.R.D. rapper are currently in the final stages of signing up to join new judge Mariah Carey.

A source said: "Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge. They flew him in to LA last week for final meetings."

Nick recently finished a four-month run in Broadway show How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and American Idol producers reportedly think he will help bring a younger audience to the show.

Pharrell, 39, who has worked as a producer with stars including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, is said to be negotiating the terms of his contract.

A representative for Fox did not comment.

Previous American Idol judges include Simon Cowell, 52, Paula Abdul, 50, Kara DioGuardi, 41, and Ellen DeGeneres, 54.

Host Ryan Seacrest, 37, is expected to return for Season 12, which airs this winter.

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