LATEST: Ongoing speculation rock group Van Halen will be auditioning for a new singer on CBS reality show Rock Star: THE SERIES has been quashed by the network.

Reports earlier this week (begs13FEB06) stated the DANCING IN THE STREET hitmakers had decided to use the show to find a new vocalist after being impressed by the results of Australian rockers Inxs's televised quest for a new frontman - JD FORTUNE.

Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth, who left the band in 1996, further fuelled rumours by revealing on his radio show yesterday morning (14FEB06), "They really are gonna do it, I think.

"It's the 'Rock Star' open call schedule. They just handed me the schedule.

"They won't say who it's for, but I think it's for Van Halen."

But a spokesman for CBS Entertainment insists their act for the new season remains unconfirmed.

He tells Billboard.com, "All it is is a rumour, we deny it.

"We don't even have (an act) firmly established yet, though, hopefully we will shortly."