Chris Isaak the new Simon Cowell? Yes, it could work

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After auditioning twice for the job, singer Chris Isaak (left) is reportedly the favorite to replace judge Simon Cowell on "American Idol" next season.

Far-fetched casting? I beg to differ. Here are four good reasons why he could fit in well. JORDAN BARTEL, B

•••• The son of a potato chip factory worker and a forklift driver, Isaak can sympathize with the modest origins of many contestants. Side note: Where can I sign up to work at a potato chip factory?

•••• "Somebody's Crying"? Perfect song to vote someone off with each week.

•••• He's an amateur boxer. That has nothing to do with "Idol." I just think it's cool.

••• Fewer deep-cut V-necks, more pomade-heavy hair.

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