'Idol' Talk About Next Year's Halftime Show

Those kids from "American Idol" (search) could headline the Super Bowl (search) halftime show next year.

The young performers from Fox's hit talent show could be just the answer to questions about the family suitability of halftime entertainment.

Fox will also broadcast the big game next year.

Officials at both the network and the National Football League (search) say it's way too early to speculate about entertainment at the big game.

But according to several published reports, the idea of an "Idol" halftime show seems like a slam dunk, to borrow a metaphor from another sport.

The need for a fresh-faced alternative was necessitated by Janet Jackson's (search) halftime bra-ha-ha that stole the spotlight from the actual game - one of the best Super Bowl games in years - and its parade of pricey commercials.

The Jackson halftime show was produced by MTV, a division of Viacom and the sister of CBS, the network that aired the game.

"First and foremost it's always been the NFL's decision, it always has been," a Fox Sports spokesman said.

An NFL spokesman said the idea for an "Idol" themed halftime show is "beyond premature"

Buzz about next year's possible "American Idol" halftime show began last week when a reporter suggested the act in an interview with Fox Sports chief David Hill.

One factor to be considered is whether Fox wants to put its most valuable franchise - the hysterically popular talent show - through the rigors of a Super Bowl.

"They would run the risk of overexposing and burning out interest in 'American Idol,' " said MediaWeek's TV industry analyst Marc Berman.