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'American Idol' Judges

Dangerous Strangers

8/10/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with "American Idol" tell TMZ ... execs on the show recklessly rolled the dice by choosing Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the new judges.

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Our "A.I." spies tell us producers have never put Lopez, Tyler and Randy Jackson in the same room to see if they have the right chemistry.  As one source put it, "It's ridiculous not to road test these people before committing ... it's insane."

We're told before choosing Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe organized dinners with the three prospective judges, to see how they meshed.  We're told Nigel even had Simon and Randy go to a few strip clubs together ... to see how they got along.
FOX, we're told, was adamantly opposed to Paula because the Network felt she was "washed up," but Nigel convinced the execs it was all about the "magic" between the three.

Turns out ... there's still time.  High level sources tell us the deals with Lopez and Tyler still haven't been signed, and auditions with the judges are just a month away.

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susan    

How about we have say Carrie Underwood come back as a "Judge"?

1512 days ago
17.

Tony Mataglio Breniccio    

Well if anyone would have told me about it before now I would have said what the ****?! But I think this whole job right here is a low budget scheme for these knucklehead executives to take one last attempt at running a show that has finally turned low budget. Next thing you know Andy **** is the new Randy Jackson!

1512 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

who lets the dogs out arf arf

1512 days ago
19.

Thatscrazy    

The American Idol Empire crumbles. I tried to watch last year but the talent was soooo bad. I tuned into the Finale, thank god to DVR. JLO is a self absorbed no talent...........I guess I will pass again next season........no big deal

1512 days ago
20.

justsaying    

The show starting tanking the moment they choose Ellen the c*nt licker on it. The U.S. is still a christian nation and let's face it, no matter how many people love what she does in her private life, true christians just don't want to have anything to do with someone who is blatent against God.

1512 days ago
21.

Areader    

Steven Tyler will be riveting as a judge! Smart choice!

1512 days ago
22.

Walter    

If the powers that be had any sense, they would bring back Paula (at any cost) and Nigel. If they start all over with 2 new judges they will lose their fan base and it might take a couple of years for the show to recover.

1512 days ago
23.

mindie    

Jennifer Lopez is out of a job, her record company dropped her. As a result, this nasty diva will make it her business to get along with others.

1512 days ago
24.

Deb    

Jennifer Lopez as a judge? It's official, AI has jumped the shark.

1512 days ago
25.

Truth    

THIS SHOW SUXXX THE BIG ONE ALREADY!! JUMPED THE SHARK IN 2006. WHO THE EFF CARESSSS ANYMORE. CANCEL THIS SHIET, IT'S DONE!!!!!

1512 days ago
26.

Wanda    

It really doesn't matter who the judges are. The teenaged girls that watch the show will always vote for the bland white boy singer like "what's his name?" that won over Adam Lambert. Funny how everybody can remember Adam Lambert's name,but can't remember old whosiz the the supposed "winner." That's why this show is totally bogus.

1512 days ago
27.

george fudge!    

Since they are hiring these has-been musicians and singers as judges, rename the show American Joke.

1512 days ago
28.

george fudge!    

Forget Jennifer Lopez, her husband Marc Anthony should be a contestant! Provided he can survive the audition.

1512 days ago
29.

dee    

I can't stand the way Jennifer Lopez talks when she doesn't have a script. EVERY sentence ends with, "Ya know whata mean?" Cringe!

1512 days ago
30.

Donna    

I have been watching American Idol since day 1. I'm not sure if I want to continue. After Adam Lambert noone will ever live up to him...... And with the judges being juggled around well...... Good luck AI..... keeping fans are going to be harder then getting new ones.......

1512 days ago
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