The Hollywood Reporter reveals he “is inking a deal” for the 13th season which will endeavour to distance itself from last season’s friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The jazz singer was previously a guest mentor of Australian Idol on TEN.
Rumoured potential judge Dr. Luke dropped out of negotiations due to a conflict with his Sony Music label, at odds with Idol’s deal with Universal Music Group.
Former judge Randy Jackson is set to become a mentor on the show.
Following disappointing Idol ratings this year, it isn’t yet clear if TEN will resume an Aussie broadcast, potentially on ELEVEN.