Shania Twain in the Running for Judging Spot on "American Idol"

Singer Shania Twain is seen in the audience at the American Idol Season 9 Top 6 Performance Show on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Becker/PictureGroup/FOX

Singer Shania Twain is seen in the audience at the "American Idol" Season 9 Top 6 performance show on April 27, 2010, in Los Angeles.
Michael Becker/PictureGroup/FOX

NEW YORK (CBS) Now that Jennifer Lopez is reportedly out of a running for a seat at the "American Idol" judges panel, Fox execs are eyeing a new high-profiled star to feel the vacant spot.

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According to People magazine, the network wants Shania Twain to be a resident judge for the show's 10th season, which premieres on January 12.

"They've been after her ever since she was a mentor on the show last season," says a source close to the country singer. "And they haven't given up."

Twain, who is a "huge fan of the show," was a guest judge during the Chicago auditions in Season 9. She also served as a mentor for the Top 6 contestants in April.

Nigel Lythgoe, who recently signed on to executive produce the show again, told USA Today that he thinks the country singer has enough credentials to be a judge.

"Shania's terrific. Again, she's had a great career. She's turned country music into pop music."

Lopez was initially reported to be the front runner to replace Simon Cowell, who left the show to focus on his next project, "The X Factor." But earlier this week, reports surfaced that Fox took back their offer due to her demands.

  • Joyce Lee

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