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La Toya Jackson Wants Simon Cowell's Seat

1/18/2010 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

La Toya JacksonLa Toya Jackson is next in line to fill Simon Cowell's shoes on "American Idol" -- that's if La Toya Jackson has anything to do with it.

We're told MJ's sister and former "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe cozied up at a housewarming party for Kathy Hilton in Bel Air recently -- before Simon broke his big news -- and the topic came up of La Toya possibly guest-judging on the show.

But now that Simon's out of the picture, La Toya wants more.

We spoke to her and she tells TMZ: "I would LOVE to be a judge on 'American Idol.' I would love to have a chance for the public get to know the real me. I would be thrilled."

In other news: there's a "real" La Toya Jackson.


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46.

ric    

yeah, this "KOOKY" line of postings has really run it's course....

1676 days ago
47.

ric    

yeah, this "KOOKY" line of postings has really run it's course....
Posted at 10:47AM on Jan 18th 2010 by ric





Ugh. Really? So early with the cloning? Couldn't wait till noon at least?

1676 days ago
48.

tdrury    

Much rather have Latoya as a judge then that drunk Paula who talks and talks without saying anything of value.

1676 days ago
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sara    

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50.

Casey    

They ought to dig up Jacko's corpse and prop it up in one of the judges' chairs on AI. After each performance, the contestant would have to walk up to it and remove the nose, under which is a small slip of paper reading either "Sorry, better luck next time" or "Congratulations, you advance in the competition". If the contestant does not advance, then he gets to check under Jacko's wig where he will find a small consolation prize, like a small vial of Propofol or advice on how to molest children.

1676 days ago
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SebastianCanada    

Now that their meal ticket is gone, the Jackson clan should get real. I cannot wait for the time - and it is coming soon, I am sure - when a real celeb, or someone in the industry will come right out and tell a Jackson to give it up and get a real job, and stop polluting the entertainment world.Wouldn't it be nice if it were Janet jackson?

1675 days ago
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PLEASE    

AI SHOULD CALL (((((( JANET JACKSON )))))AND HAVE HER DO IT.....

2ND MAYBE THEY SHOULD COME UP WITH A LIST OF NAMES AND PUT IT ON THEIR SITE AND LET US THE VIEWERS DECIDE BY VOTING ON THE POLL.

1675 days ago
53.

Tara    

I would continue to watch American Idol regardless.

I watched Latoya co-host on The View, and though she did a fine job.

But TMZ, if you are able to talk to Latoya at any time, why not ask her better questions.

By the way, is there any way to find out if Michael Jackson's "What More Can We Give" will be played at Friday's Haiti telethon? It was the closing act for the 9/11 telethon, and it was so fitting and so touching, I wept and called in a second time to give more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXePb3s3QwI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvW5GgIPnXY

L.O.V.E.

1675 days ago
54.

carl    

Is this a joke?

1675 days ago
55.

ThePrevailingTruth    

Shouldn't LaToya worry about finding justice for her brothers murder??
Or have Conrad Murray be the judge once he is finished with his hoax related duties and can pursue other acting/entertainment jobs in addition to his future reality TV show.

A cardboard cutout of MJ's image would draw more viewers than any other judge. I'm surprised Jermaine hasn't tried to get on there, unless he still has delusions still of a world tour. (by the way does Jermaine paint the sides of his head black? The hair looks like a painting..anyway..I digress...).

BRING MJ BACK ALREADY...STOP THIS INSANITY...

1675 days ago
56.

LaToyaLove    

La Toya just said she would love to be a judge, she didn't say she wanted to replace Simon so stop trying to make Toy out to be "crazy"!

May TMZ accept the Universal Love of LaToya into their hearts and see the folly of their ways...

http://www.LaToyaLove.com

xoxo
The Universal Love of LaToya

1675 days ago
57.

Vanessa Kaye    

Man, american Idol is going down! The two funniest judges are leaving and they are replacing them with one woman who has no experience whatsoever in the music industry...at least La Toya has SOME experience. But I don't know. This show man, wow...its going down lol. If Ryan Seacrest leaves then its a wrap lol.

1675 days ago
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toeknee gee    

If La Toya gets on board American Idol, watch the Idol's viewership sink to the bottom of the sea. I have already stopped watching Idol because I cannot stand that Kara, she is full of it. Sometimes I wonder where she gets all the arrogance she is displaying in the program last year.

Good luck to Idol.

1675 days ago
59.

emmasn    

Your 15 minutes of fame have been up since 1980. Put some real talent on there. Her first name ain't baby, it's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty.

1675 days ago
60.

Joe Jackson is illiterate    

HELL HELL TO THE NO NO!!!

This lying crazy no-talent *itch needs to go home and watch TV land or sump'en...crazy as hell an' wanna be in everything! She thinks that she is a singer, go figga!

If she doesn't realize that she has no talent, how's she gonna spot talent in someone??

If Idol producers MUST HAVE a Jackson as a guest judge, then Tito; none of them deserve a guest spot, moreover permanent seat! They are all so glad MJ is dead...all this publicity and money...they never knew it would be this good again!!

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