The New York Post has reported that Hip Hop Mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is being considered as Steven Tyler’s replacement for American Idol. If this notion turns out to be true Combs’s world renowned role as an entertainment executive will allow him to slide very convincingly into the open seat on the Idol judging panel. Already known for helping craft and guide music stars for his own Bad Boy Records, he serves as a very logical choice to do the crucial combo of judge musical talent appropriately, and provide the kind of charisma necessary to help keep the show fresh in its up and coming 12th season.
Another thing that would make him a logical choice is the fact that Combs already has had several years of experience working in music competition related TV. He teamed up with MTV to produce and star in his own version of Making The Band. Diddy executive produced the show after it was moved from ABC to MTV, and eventually retooled. Although the show’s name would vary slightly to help accommodate the contestants participating in the individual seasons, it was largely considered a successful diversification of Combs’ already influential brand from 2003 to 2010.
Reps for both Combs and Fox have yet to formally speak on the subject. However, we think it’s fair for us to note two things on the subject until a formal response comes to light. First, our friends at Bad Boy’s new media department tipped us off to the NY Post story. Secondly, American Idol has it’s music component now being managed by Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records. Interscope also began managing the distribution duties for Combs’ Bad Boy Records in September of 2009 as part of an effort to rebrand the company with a new generation of talent. One hand seems like it would wash the other as part of good as a well fit business match. We’ll keep you posted if we learn any details supporting this rumor.