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Ryan Seacrest

The Next Simon Cowell?

5/28/2010 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There is only one person who could replace Simon Cowell on "American Idol" ... someone famous, someone critical, and someone with a penchant for tight clothing ... someone like Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan Seacrest
A TMZ user named April made the suggestion on Thursday's TMZ Live -- and when we got to thinkin' ... it made perfect sense. 

Seacrest knows the show -- he knows the music -- and he has a great rapport with the rest of the judges.

Plus, it would be way easier to plug in a new host than force another awkward, unfamiliar person to sit at the judges' table .... we're talkin' about you Kara.

So we gotta ask ...

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1.

Cartman    

I've never been able to watch this show. Guess I just hate bad TV but I liked Jersey Shore so go figure.

1586 days ago
2.

alyssa    

my janet jackson video from american idol made me the #9 music artist on youtube for today check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z6CCacSAVY

1586 days ago
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ntvnat    

Greyson Chance can't be a contestent now. He's:



* Too young



* Already has a current record deal



Aaaaand:



* A conflict of interest, since he signed with Ellen's new ElevenEleven record label and (((she's))) a judge.



http://www.mgmbill.org/

1586 days ago
4.

Jason    

Kendra is awsome and no matter what people say about her im still a fan of hers afetr watching the video on http://www.Celebrity-Autopsies.com

1586 days ago
5.

gill    

IDOL needs to make major changes to keep viewers. No more 4 panel judge...puts me to sleep. Ellen has been disappointing...out of her element. Maybe Co-host? The new judge must have a stong musical background and personality and can be rude with their criticism. Thumbs down for Ry as a judge!

1586 days ago
6.

draesmom    

It's "rapport", not "repport"

1586 days ago
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Joel    

Have David Foster to judge the show. He is a great music producer and composer.

1586 days ago
8.

Carrie    

A different guest judge every week would freshen-up the show.

1586 days ago
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Carrie    

A diffent guest judge every week would make the show more interesting.

1586 days ago
10.

Joel    

Better yet just cancel the show

1586 days ago
11.

liar    

There is an entire world of celebrities out there who are more qualified tham that little butt kissing Ryan Seacrest !
Keep only Randy, get rid of Ellen and Kara. Start fresh with two new people. Enough inbreeding- try to think out of the box for a change. I vote for Kooky for the first new judge.

1586 days ago
12.

jim    

I think Howard Stern would be great at doing Simon's job ! he can be funny, quick witted, not affraid to tell it like it is, and at the same time, he can be a decent guy. Get Howard !!

1586 days ago
13.

JP    

The first thing they need to do is get with the times and pay up for more current music! Those old farts Hall & Oates, Chicago, and Michael McDonald were good in MY day, but I'll bet most young VIEWERS didn't have a clue who they were. Then they force contestants to sing worn-out songs from Sinatra, Elvis, Shania ~ more music the majority of the audience isn't familiar with, instead of classic rock. And Simon wondered why Crystal seemed "out of her element" for three weeks?

1586 days ago
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Sprocket    

It is insane that my partner and I are the only ones to work this out.



GORDON RAMSEY FROM HELL'S KITCHEN WILL BE THE NEW JUDGE!!!!!!



1) He tells the contestants exactly what he thinks and isn't afraid to hold back.



2) He is the arrogant Brit with heart - WITHOUT putting on an act to be like Simon, like everyone else will do if they get the job. He is just like that naturally.



3) He is already getting out of all of his restaurants because he wants to concentrate on his Hollywood career



4) Under Simon's explicit instructions Gordon has gotten rid of his facial scars and had botox to pretty himself up for the US audiences. The roughness in his face is ok for in Hell's Kitchen but Americans demand face perfection for all celebrities in a role like Idol. Again...... Simon told him to do it, so he did.



5) HE IS IN THE IDOL AUDIENCE MOST NIGHTS, SOMETIMES HIDDEN AWAY - OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE ALREADY TRAINING HIM UP!!!!!!!

1586 days ago
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ERIC    

They should get Piers Morgan to judge idol.

1586 days ago
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