Madonna `top choice for Idol judge`
London: Madonna could be the next in line as one of the judges on American Idol.
Now that Simon Cowell is planning to bid farewell to the show after 9 years, Idol boss Simon Fuller is keen to fill the X-factor chief`s shoes - and he wants a big name.
The Queen of Pop tops Fuller`s wish list to take the music mogul`s place on the judging panel.
"Simon is going to leave a gaping hole. Not only is he an expert, he`s also a big star in the States.
"Everyone agrees Madge would be great and they want her as a full-time judge. But if that fails they`d at least like her as a mentor," The Sun quoted a source as saying.
Fuller is facing another challenge - the show`s ratings have taken a nosedive and filming for the next series has been pushed back to September as bosses search for a new judge.
Cowell, on the other hand, is nostalgic as he is quitting after judging the show for 9 long years.
But he feels his replacement needs to be someone who "actually knows what they`re talking about".