"Daughtry" is the New Chris

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Chris Daughtry turned down an offer to become the frontman of Fuel, but that's not stopping him from drafting the band's guitarist to work on his much-anticipated debut.

Gearing Up For

Fuel's Carl Bell is on a list of rockers that includes Rob Thomas, Three Doors Down singer Brad Arnold and SR-71 singer (and Bo Bice collaborator) Mitch Allan, who are writing tunes with the American Idol finalist for his forthcoming album, MTV reports.

As previously reported, Daughtry's debut will be helmed by one producer -- Howard Benson, whose credits include the All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance and Papa Roach.

Chris, whose rendition of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" was a smash hit on American Idol this spring and continues to maintain a presence on the Billboard charts, is forming a band to back him on tour. As a unit, the band will assume his surname (à la Bon Jovi) and be called Daughtry.

The as-yet-untitled album is due November 21, with the first single hitting radio in late September. Daughtry, who recently bought a new house with wife Deanna and their two adopted children, is still performing as part of the American Idols Live tour, which runs through September 24 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. But he has been doing some writing and recording on off-days, and we're excited to hear the fruits of that labor!

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