08/12/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT
's American Idol
negotiations may have gone south
, but a superstar may still end up on the judging panel for season 10 of FOX's hit show. Shania Twain
has long been at the top of the network's list, according to a source close to the singer.
"They've been after her ever since she was a mentor on the show last season,” the source says. "And they haven't given up."
Twain stepped in for the Chicago auditions
and "everyone thought she was a great addition to the judges' table," a show source said at the time. She also mentored the contestants
Her name came up – along with other celebs, including Elton John
, Chris Isaak
and Harry Connick Jr.
– as a possible permanent judge after Simon Cowell
announced his departure last year.
"Shania's a huge fan of the show and she had a great time as a mentor,” the source says.
Asked whether she’ll join the show, Twain’s rep had no comment.
FOX has no comment except to note that no judges have been confirmed yet for the show.Tell us: Would Shania make a good judge for American Idol?