The clock is ticking pretty quickly if the producers of "American Idol" and Fox are going to find a replacement for Simon Cowell in time to join the audition shows in early September.
According to reporters James Hibberd and Kim Masters, "The network is determined to land a widely known music industry figure for the post, and THR has learned that singer Chris Isaak has met twice with the network."
The article, in The Hollwood Reporter, also says "Another affable crooner, Harry Connick Jr., also has been considered."
And in what may be the biggest surprise, Hibberd and Masters write, "Even Donald Trump has quietly lobbied to replace Cowell despite his longtime association with NBC as producer and judge of ‘The Apprentice’ franchise.
Isaak, who also starred in his own show on Showtime called "The Chris Isaak Show." His song "Wicked Game" may be his best-known hit, has also appeared on TV series such as "Eastwick", "Cold Case" and "Smallville," the story says.
According to the article, Bret Michaels was considered for the show, but is now out of the running.