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US WEEKLY is reporting that KANYE WEST turned down the third seat at the judges table on American Idol.

A source said: "He didn't want to go that mainstream. He didn't want to lose any street cred. So he turned it down."

We have heard rumors that was the front runner to judge the 13th season, but now there are reports that Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rodney Jerkins and record producer Dr. Luke have all been asked as well.

Jennifer Lopez should make the official announcement soon to say she will join Keith Urban for Season 13.