Openly gay singer-songwriter Elton John is being pursued to come on board American Idol in its tenth season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The talent contest's original executive producer, So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe, is reportedly close to closing a deal with Fox executives to return to the duties he left two years ago.

Lythgoe is expected to revamp the show's judging panel following the exit of top judge Simon Cowell.

He has previously named John, Usher and former judge Paula Abdul as his top picks to judge Idol.

Other rumors suggest Justin Timberlake, Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr. as possible candidates.

Last year, openly lesbian chat host-comedian Ellen DeGeneres joined the show's judging panel. The addition of John would double the show's gay quotient.

Performing Thursday in Tucson, the outspoken sixty-three-year-old John snubbed a boycott of Arizona supported by gay rights groups and called musicians honoring the boycott “fuck wits.” John entered a civil partnership in the UK with filmmaker David Furnish in 2005.