Last Lap: Which Former American Idol Hopeful May Be Coming Back As A Judge?

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Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson composite

Russell Simmons signs a new deal with HBO, Jermaine Jackson is looking for the new Jackson 5, and Fat Joe chats about one of the low points of his successful career.

  • Has Jennifer Hudson officially agreed to join the American Idol judges’ panel? Perhaps not yet, but she appears close to a deal. Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Adam Lambert reportedly are also in talks. [Us Magazine]
  • Former Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson is recruiting young talent for a new boy band. He hopes to recreate the cultural frenzy he and his brothers did back in the ’70s. The tentative name for the group would be JJ5. Uh, okay. [NME]
  • Music mogul Russell Simmons has inked a new deal with HBO, with details on any new projects not yet announced. Almost makes you want to break out those old Def Comedy Jam VHS tapes you had back in the day. [Rolling Stone]
  • Rapper Fat Joe has had numerous hits in his 20-year career, but what’s one of his regrets? [MTV]

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