Rockers Stone Temple Pilots have dismissed reports they have recruited former X Factor favourite Jeffrey Adam Gutt as their new frontman, insisting they have to make a decision.
Reports suggesting the bandmates had chosen Gutt - a runner-up on the American version of the talent show - to join them surfaced earlier this week (ends18Nov16).
According to Entertainment Tonight, Gutt had spent months working with band members Dean and Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, and they were now in Hollywood rehearsing for a 2017 tour.
However, the group insists no frontman has been picked to permanently replace Scott Weiland, who passed away at the end of last year (15).
"The band has been rehearsing with several singers over the past few weeks," a statement from a representative to Entertainment Weekly reads. "They haven't made a decision yet."
Stone Temple Pilots launched a search for a new singer in February (16) after Linkin Park's Chester Benington, who briefly toured with the band, left. The group parted ways with Weiland in 2013.
A message on the group's website still features a singers submission page, reading, "As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in..."
"We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots," the note continues. "We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we've set up a way for you to do just that."