Elton John is tipped to take up Sir Tom Jones' big red chair on the BBC show, but will it happen?
The pop veteran, 74, has been on a spinning seat as a judge on the series since it first kicked off in 2012 but has said this may be his last.
But could Sir Elton, 67, be persuaded to replace him?
According to rumour Elton is topping the wishlist of the show’s producers who have been thrown into a spin and are now looking for a replacement.
‘At the top of their wish list is Elton and they think he would make a brilliant mentor,’ says a source.
‘They realise it is going to be very tough getting him on board.’
Sir Tom sits alongside Rita Ora, 24, Will.I.Am, 39, and Kaiser Chief’s frontman Ricky Wilson, 37 as a judge however he’s hinted at walking in the past with reports as far back as 2013 saying he was set to quit.
Some of Sir Tom’s comments on the show have raised eyebrows in the past. He told how he feared ratings would plummet when Kylie Minogue, 46, left in 2014 saying: ‘The BBC should do whatever they can to keep Kylie. It works how it is right now. With the four of us, I think it’s a good combination.’ Rita replaced Kylie and this year’s show has gone on to receive record viewing figures of 8.7million. He also shocked everyone by suggesting the standard of contestants was s*it at the launch at the start of the year!
If Sir Tom does walk the Beeb could have their work cut out getting Elton – who divides his time between here and in LA – because he has previously admitted to never watching a music talent show! Hmmmm watch this space.
Sir Elton found himself in the headlines this weekend after calling for people to boycott Dolce and Gabbana when they criticised children born through IVF as ‘synthetic’.
Sir Elton, who has two children Zachary, four, and Elijah Joseph, 15 months, with his husband David Furnish wrote on Instagram: ‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’.’
Stefano Gabbana responded earlier today saying: ‘It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices.
‘We do believe in freedom and love,’ he added in a statement.
Elton had written on Instagram: ‘And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children.
‘Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.
‘I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.’ OUCH