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Elton and 'American Idol'

Is the Bitch Back?

1/14/2010 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

So TMZ may have led the way in the search for Simon Cowell's replacement on "American Idol."



On TMZ TV -- the day Simon announced he was leaving -- we floated Elton John as the guy who should take Simon's seat. After all, he knows music, he's certainly got the bitchy attitude, and he's British.

Now an "American Idol" spy tells us the talk on the set is ... Elton John!

Elton was a guest judge in season three of 'Idol.'

We contacted Elton's rep to see if he was interested. She said tersely, "He's on holiday."

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46.

joe    

elton john is half dead now adays,,what is he going to sit there like wacko jacko with an iv pole next to him so he can recieve all his meds..plus he is so old he would fall asleep every 5 min..plus he is a fruit

1650 days ago
47.

Have no shame    

PANTS ON DA GROUND...PANTS ON DA GROUND...LOOKIN LIKE A FOOL WITH YO PANTS ON DA GROUND

1650 days ago
48.

Chemg    

I say bring in the HOFF!!! He just left America's got Talent so why not.

1650 days ago
49.

Just sayin'    

I thought it didn't matter anymore if judges knew music or not?
i.e. Ellen D

1650 days ago
50.

Tom B    

It amazes me to listen to a bunch of losers calling a man like Simon Cowell a "no talent".LMFAO! I would love to have his lack of talent! Everything he touches turns to gold! Must be some talent there,huh?

1650 days ago
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danielrussell    

You guys have got to mention the man who sang Pants On The Ground on Idol. He deserves fame.

1650 days ago
52.

Jessica    

Maybe they, American Idol, should use different judges EVERY WEEK!! They could leave Ellen & Randy, but have 2 celeb "guest judges" each show. It wouldn't be the same opions for the whole season. I would watch to see who was coming on and what they had to say. ANYONE could be on... Snoop Dog, Madonna, Billy Idol, Hulk Hogan, Harvey... ANYONE!!

1650 days ago
53.

Grace    

Gene Simmons should replace Simon Cowell, if Fox can afford him.

1650 days ago
54.

REALbarbwire7    

I voted "rubbish", because I think Sir Elton John is above American Idol judging. Way above.

1650 days ago
55.

PolarBear    

Ooooo, Mr. Levin seeks popularity with the lifestyle insiders of his choice, but he is not considering the context of other peoples lives. This will not draw the power of the Jedi. No, no, this is very silly.

1650 days ago
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Ziggy    

Have been a fan of Elton's since the early 70s. He's a brilliant man with a great sense of humor. I think he'd be an amazing replacement for Simon.

I'm just not sure it would be something he'd want to do at this stage in life. He's got the shows in Vegas because he hates to be on the road. It allows him to do what he loves, and go home at the end of the night. Not sure how many years his contract is for there, but I don't see him giving them up to do Idol. Plus with idol it would mean hitting the road for auditions, and don't see him wanting to do that.

Who knows

1650 days ago
57.

Ziggy    

Grace: Yes I think Gene Simmons is a good suggestion. He's smart, would be very blunt, and is full of himself like Simon lol

1650 days ago
58.

Twinker    

Sounds like a good idea at first but then you realize that Elton gets very jealous and very impatient of those with talent who are younger and more beautiful than he. He hasn't got quite the temperament or patience to listen to scores of wannabees. Anyway, he doesn't really need the money. He wouldn't banter with Ryan very well.

1650 days ago
59.

romil4    

Elton John AND Ellen DeGeneres? Two excellent reasons to NOT start watching that crappy show.

1650 days ago
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keith    

I think this is a brilliant idea. Elton is a true music ICON and they could actually boost ratings with Elton on the panel since by now everyone is tired of Simons same-old lame put downs. With the crazy money that they were paying Simon (who was a NOBODY before Idol) the producers can hire just about anyone that they want. I don't think that there is a music superstar out there that would consider themselves to be above a job that would pay $30 Million a year and a shopaholic like Elton would find it hard to turn down that big a pay-day.

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