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"American Idol's" Next Judge: Queen Latifah Approached, J. Lo Out

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Queen Latifah ties with laugh kings Steve Carell and Seth Rogen with roles in eight films in the last four years that earned at least $20 million. Her films include Stranger Than Fiction, Hairspray and The Secret Life of Bees.

Queen Latifah has been approached to be a guest judge on "American Idol" in Paula Abdul's place, a source tells Access Hollywood.

The multi-talented star would join a list of celebs who have already been tapped to fill the gap at the judges' table such as Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry.

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Latifah's rep could not be reached for comment.

One star who won't join the judges, though, is Jennifer Lopez. A rep for J. Lo told Access that a Media Take Out report that the star was in active negotiations to replace Paula was not true.

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According to the New York Post, other stars under consideration for the FOX reality competition are Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany and Belinda Carlisle – in addition to reports that Paula herself may return to the show after all.

The first to take a seat next to Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi is Victoria Beckham, who will serve as guest judge for today's Denver auditions.

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