'American Idol': Elton John not Simon Cowell's replacement

elton-john-idol-gives-back.jpg "American Idol" won't be replacing Simon Cowell with another Brit, or at least, not one in particular.

Elton John has refused to take the judge's seat that Cowell is vacating at the end of the current ninth season of FOX's hit reality competition show, reports Access Hollywood.

Sir Elton would have made $33 million if he had decided to sign on for Season 10 and possibly beyond.

The musician has had plenty of "Idol" experience, having mentored in Season 3 and performing on "Idol Gives Back."

And even though speculation will continue to run rampant about Cowell's replacement, he or she will likely not be named until after the May 26 finale, so says EW. We hope this is the case since the finale should be about lots of performances to ridiculously draw out the suspense and then ultimately, the winner's time to shine.

Besides, "Idol" could totally keep the spirit alive all summer if fans are kept guessing about the replacement.

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