Nick Jonas confirms 'American Idol' rumors
Nick Jonas has finally confirmed the ongoing rumors that he is in talks to become a new judge on "American Idol."
If he does land the gig, the 19-year-old singer would appear with veteran Randy Jackson and newcomer Mariah Carey on the judges panel of the singing competition series, following the departure of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. The upcoming 12th season is set to begin in early 2013.
It was confirmed on July 23 that Mariah Carey would join "American Idol" as a judge. According to Deadline and other outlets, she was commanding a salary of more than $17 million, which would set a record for talent on the show.
Several other celebrities' names have been floated in recent online reports, such as Pharrell Williasm and show alum Adam Lambert, but none have been confirmed.
Lopez's spokesperson announced the singer and actress' departure from "American Idol" on July 13 and Tyler announced his exit on July 12 via a statement from FOX. He said he wanted to focus on his work with his band Aerosmith.
The pair's exit marked the second major casting shakeup seen since the show's debut 10 years ago and was made amid declining ratings. The season 11 finale of "American Idol" in May marked the lowest-rated last episode for the series. It earned a 6.4 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 and was watched by about 21.4 million people.
Lopez and Tyler joined the series in 2010. They had served as co-judges alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson for the past two seasons and had been cast after the departure of the show's most famous judge and co-creator, Simon Cowell, as well as Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Nick Jonas rose to fame as part of the Jonas Brothers pop band with older brothers Joe and Kevin. The band starred in the Disney Channel TV movie "Camp Rock" and its sequel with Demi Lovato. The brothers also had a short-lived television series called "Jonas L.A." from 2009 to 2010. The band is currently on hiatus as the brothers pursue individual music careers.
Jonas' older brothers Joe and Kevin have both had new TV gigs as well. Joe Jonas appeared on the celebrity reality dating show, "The Choice," while Kevin Jonas will appear on his reality series "Married to Jonas."
In 2010, the singer formed the band Nick Jonas & The Administration. He previously dated fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus from June 2006 to December 2007.
Jonas recently took over the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," days after "Glee" star Darren Criss' run ended on January 22, 2012. The musical ended its Broadway run on May 20, 2012.
Jonas previously appeared in the revival of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway in 2001 and in "Beauty and the Beast" in 2002 as Chip. He made his big debut in London's West End in "Les Miserables" as Marius in 2010. He previously starred in the Broadway version of the show as Gavroche in 2003.