Movie mogul Quincy Jones has emerged as the fan favourite to replace Simon Cowell when the Brit departs talent show American Idol this summer (10).
America's TV Guide magazine put forward 10 potential candidates for the soon-to-be vacant chair Cowell fills as a judge on the hit show, asked readers to vote for their favourite.
Forty per cent of voters chose producer Jones ahead of former Idol star Adam Lambert, Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey's ex-husband, former music boss Tommy Mottola.
The other six potential candidates were fellow music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Steve Lillywhite, who has launched an online campaign to land the top job, DJ Howard Stern, Madonna's partner and record boss Guy Oseary, Idol host Ryan Seacrest and the show's former judge Paula Abdul.
Cowell will depart the show when his contract expires next month (May10).