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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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31.

Pat    

How about Max Weinburg or Paul Shaffer but please NOT Kevin Eubanks.

1522 days ago
32.

Kelly    

if you're looking for someone with a sassy mouth and is in the music biz... how about Axl Rose? He thinks he's gods gift after all.



Oh, and I prefer Ellen over krappy Kara.

1522 days ago
33.

Ms Kris    

Seasons 7 & 8 I only PARTIALLY watched the show
NOT had a good winner or even any losers who have ended up with real successful careers



LOST MY VIEWERSHIP SEASON 9 WHEN PAULA LEFT
Now, I am NOT a fan of Paula's BUT her part on the show was good People spoke about what she did or said on the show the next day



THEN, OF COURSE 3 MALE JUDGES & 1 FEMALE



100% lost me season 9 with the choice of that new LIAR UNFUNNY judge

1522 days ago
34.

Cleide    

Quincy Jones.

1522 days ago
35.

Cleide    

Quincy Jones.

1522 days ago
36.

Betsy Newhouse    

One word DIDDY!!! I think he'll do it for the right $$$$ - and he would be amazing. He is tough & has high standards & a legit producer. Not to mention huge EGO & Presence. He is controversial and isn't afraid to opine on all matters.

1522 days ago
37.

Selebraties Suck    

The obvious choice: BRET MICHAELS

1522 days ago
38.

Selebraties Suck    

If it is Elton or Moronna, I WILL NOT WATCH

1522 days ago
39.

LLM    

I saw it mentioned that Brett Michaels be a judge, and I think he would be great!

1522 days ago
40.

Hollywood    

Funny HollywoodLife.com had this story a week ago.




http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2010/05/19/is-the-cat-out-of-the-bag-ryan-seacrest-may-replace-simon-cowell-as-a-judge-on-‘american-idol’/

1522 days ago
41.

dntc    

Bret Michaels, Gene Simmons, Dolly Parton or Howard Stern - happy w/any of these choices.

1522 days ago
42.

AJ    

Harry Connick Jr. would be amazing!

1522 days ago
43.

dntc    

or Harry Connick Jr or how about the Australian guy that was a judge on Americas Next Great Band (something like that) - he was almost a Simon clone as far as the attitude or maybe the cute guy that was also a judge on ANGB (he was in a group?)

1522 days ago
44.

flip[wilson    

Forget Seacrest as host... he's made his 10 million dollar bed... the simon replacement MUST have an integral link to the music business. Should be a strong personality, one who takes no prisoners...unlike Ellen who is miserably mis-cast...
Ine strong consideration for Bang for the buck" no-nonsense, slightly outrageous....is...
Gene Simmons...plus...unlike Elton, Gene will do anything for money.

1522 days ago
45.

Jude    

AI has so jumped the shark. This season's contestants were mediocre - high school calibre - without spark or personality or musical talent I never watched the second night Seacrest results show until the last 5 minutes or so. Seacrest is so overexposed and has absolutely zero charisma, I just can't stand to watch him. He's - he's - he's - well - slimy comes to mind. He just makes me cringe. Simon knew when to leave the sinking ship. Enough!

1522 days ago
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