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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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Mike Smith    

My vote for the next judge... Gene Simmons!

1547 days ago
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flip[wilson    

KEITH RICHARDS

1547 days ago
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geri    

Ugh Howard Stern? Give me a break.He is a hideous pig.

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Prancy    


I think the show has run its course. Better to leave it when you're on the top. However, if they have to have another judge, I say DONNY OSMOND would be a a good choice. He has lots of experience, won't mind speaking his mind, and has a huge fan base, so they may be able to get his fans as viewers. I think it is vital that they bring someone in who has a huge fan base, like Donny.

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Christina G.    

They have GOT to get rid of that other female judge--don't even know her name. She's a misfit for that show and it was a terrible decision to bring her in.

1547 days ago
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OMG    

Bret Michaels should take over Simon's seat!

1547 days ago
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lauren    

The BEST Judge would be Sean Combs. aka P. Diddy!

1547 days ago
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andrew swaine    

Best replacement judge for Simon is........Gene Simmons

1547 days ago
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su.san smith    

They should get Record Producer Kim Fowley to replace Simon.
He would be the best for the job.

1547 days ago
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carolina_dreamin    

I want to see Sharon Osbourne as a judge.

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rexcars    

Idol has jumped the shark

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APRIL    

Janet Jackson would be awsome at Judge, but she is shy when not performing. She would make the other two girls look useless. I mean Kara know music but no real personality. She is growing with that but still boring. Ellen is funny but she is not qualified as a music Judge. Now Ryan would be a fun mix up for the show and make people take a double take and be like I gotta see this and then watch it just to see how HE does.

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APRIL    

I would like to see Janet Jackson be Judge. She would make the other two girls useless. ara knows music just don't like her personality.Ellen is funny and brings laughs but she doesn't know music enough to be a judge. But it would be a fun mix up for Ryan to do it. That make everyone do a double take and would want or have to see this.

1547 days ago
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Alexa    

The show went down the toilet when they hired Ellen. THE WORST DECISION EVER! Didn't watch this season until the season finale. Even then it was painful seeing that INCOMPETENT loser sitting in a judges seat. So glad she didn't have to open her stupid mouth during that show. Would have just repeated what Randy said anyways.

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