By People Staff
Updated August 27, 2009 12:00 AM
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Kristin Chenoweth is the latest star to be tapped to temporarily fill Paula Abdul‘s former seat as an American Idol guest judge, FOX tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The actress, who is nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her performance in ABC’s canceled Pushing Daisies will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the Orlando auditions later this week.

Chenoweth brings considerable vocal chops to the judges’ panel: An original cast member of the Broadway smash Wicked, she performed a solo sold out concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2007 and won a Tony award for her performance in the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. –Lisa IngrassiaByron Purvis/AdMedia