It's no secret the American Idol judges think Chris Richardson looks and sounds a heckuva lot like one Justin Timberlake. But here's some exclusive scoop: The burgeoning heartthrob has actually met and hung with the ex-NSync singer more than once. Richardson explains that in early 2006, he was writing music in the same Virginia Beach recording studio where J.T. was working on FutureSex/LoveSounds. "We're acquaintances," says the Idol contender. "He's a great guy." So does Richardson see the comparisons? "As a matter of fact," he says, smiling, " He looks a lot like me." - Reporting by Shawna Malcom