The former Dancing With The Stars professional dancer and country music star — who is dating American Idol host Ryan Seacrest — held meetings with Fox executives earlier this week although she could face competition from singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney, who has also met with show bosses.
Both candidates have links to the show as Simon Cowell is an admirer of Jesse, who co-wrote his protege Leona Lewis’ single Bleeding Love, while rumored judge Cheryl Cole is close to Julianne through her relationship with the dancer’s brother Derek Hough.
“Simon believes Jesse has the right look for the show, and would appeal to both grandmothers and young girls,” a source said. “While Julianne looks fantastic on camera and has quite a high profile in the states.
“Cheryl would love Julianne to be involved as they’ve met through Derek. She would like a friendly face on board.”
Simon has recently revealed choosing the final judging panel is giving him sleepless nights because he and his production team keep changing their minds about who to have alongside himself and music producer LA Reid.
“But this happens on all of our shows. I’ve been on shows where the day before we’re due to film, we haven’t decided who’s going to be on the show.”