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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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"10. 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!"

I 100% agree

1611 days ago


How come there isnt a "I really dont give a ****" option??!!!

1611 days ago

Ronald Babuka    

Ryan seacrest should step down from Idel and go back in the closet,he and ellen should get out of the public eye. Ellen should hang herself with one of her ties she wears....bad example of lesbo*s

1611 days ago


Does anybody else not think that the return of PAULA would be perfect ? :D ...... OR Jay Z/Beyonce/Paul McCartney !

1611 days ago


April who? Now we are taking posters ideas and making full blow posts on TMZ? Good grief-apparently Harvey is the only one that thinks this is a good idea! Well, Harvey and poster April.

1611 days ago


Bringing on Ellen was a remakable lapse in judgment. Paula stirred interest in the program. People were passionate about her. Ellen is a yawn and has no musical expertise in the least. It was absurd to choose her. It should go back to 3 judges but take Ellen out of there and bring back Paula. Pay her whatever it takes or this show is history.

1611 days ago


Ryan is perfect as host. Don't take him away from a job he excels at...and at taking care of the contestants before and after they are in the audition room. He is so good at making people feel OK, and bringing out the best in his interviews. People need to leave the guy alone...he's the best host on TV at the moment. And, he seems like a nice, hardworking guy.

American Idol is pretty much over. I was not interested when they ditched Paula...who was the perfect person to have with Randy and Simon. But now that Simon is leaving, it's over. No matter how nice the two new women are...the show was the three originals. Don't mess with something that works. It's never been the same since the new girl was added.

I'm sure they're nice guys...but what's the deal with the generic guys getting so far in Idol. Haven't there been a few guys who all remind me of the guy that won this year. Sorry...he's is so forgettable. Not sure how he got so far. The guy who came in third is memorable, but the winner not so much.

Sadly, the winner will most likely disappear from public view after this since he doesn't stand out. The fact he got so far is a sign that the judges were being too nice.

1611 days ago


My vote is for Gene Simmons!!!

1611 days ago


two words: WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!!!!

1611 days ago


I haven't watched this show for years. I can't stand Ryan he is so annoying. Just look at all his pathetic reality shows on E.

1611 days ago


I don't watch the show. I did when they actually sang full songs and the show was about the talent and not the judges. Simon was an important part of the show in the sense he actually could give constructive feedback.

1611 days ago


Harry Connick Jr.: He's smart,sarcastic,talented, and insightful.

1611 days ago


Best possible new judge - Cher!
Been around forever, still working, with recent hits, knows every aspect of the biz, well-connected, AND she's a hoot! Always calls 'em like she sees 'em -- like Simon. Plus she'd change costumes maybe 3x a show! It's a no-brainer. She'd probably gain, too, raising her Q with a wider audience.

1611 days ago


Best possible new judge - Cher!
Been around forever, still working, knows every aspect of music biz, well-connected, AND she's a hoot - calls 'em like she sees 'em, funny as heck, and she'd change costumes 3x a show!
A no-brainer folks. She'd also benefit, raising her Q with a wider audience.

1611 days ago


Jesse James or Lindsay Lohan... create buzz, headlines, and continue to have nothing to do with music...they'd fit right in.

1611 days ago
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