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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.

Judges
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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76.

poppy    

#40..............jlo didn't get her foot in the door........it was her ass..................if you are a good piece of ass you go far...............she certainly didn't do it with her talent.....she is a user and manipulator of men..............but she got her karma in the end 'cause her husband who looks like a crackhead frog owns her as and controls her.

1535 days ago
77.

Kay    

Don't ya think Gene Simmons from Kiss would be a good replacement for Simon.

1535 days ago
78.

je_tude@hotmail.com    

if j-lo becomes a judge im not watching!....who is she to judge she cant sing to save her life. ugh!

1535 days ago
79.

cheri    

Steven.. Dream on! I like his MUSIC!! HIS MUSIC! Another ego to stroke!

1535 days ago
80.

cheri    

Jennifer BLO-PEZ... Bye bye!
Chris Isaak might be the only one they could add to the room without an over inflated ego.. He is VERY easy on the eyes and funny as can be. I am 100% sure I would watch if I had someone to look at and listen to that didn't make me want to scream.

My vote is for Chris!

1535 days ago
81.

bennettmufson    

New M.C Ashton-Kutcher
New Judges Britney Spears,Mel Gibson,Lindsey Lohan + A suprise
judge every week.
Everyone will watch A.I.

1535 days ago
82.

bennettmufson    

In times like these people really need American-Idol to escape into so its kind of a good thing that they are trying to improve the show.
In my opinion though Ryan Seacrest is a good host (m.c.) they should replace him with someone who is loved around the world a
person that has the personality and positive energy to melt the cable lines that person for me would be Ashton Kutcher.
As far as judges go they should hire these three celebs that the public is constantly fascinated with (real easy choice) they
would be Britney Spears,Mel Gibson, and Lindsey Lohan.
Also every week there should be a suprise guest judge to really
mix it up.
With that crew on Idol everyone would watch.

1535 days ago
83.

Mika    

I don't care who they bring on as long as they get rid of Kara. Can't stand looking at her and hearing her is even worse.

1535 days ago
84.

HumanNature    

BREAKING NEWS!!!

J-LO IS OUT OF BECOMING AN AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE!!!!

I SAY CALLED CYNDI LAUPER, ASAP!!!

1534 days ago
85.

reba hightower    

Jennifer Lopez are you kidding me...she can't sing nor is she capable for telling anyone they can or cannot make it. c'mon AA people bring Paula back, you are going to lose a lot of viewers Jennifer sucks... you wld do better putting Stevie Wonder up there. You just lost a lot of viewers.

1534 days ago
86.

Michelle    

No one wants J-Lo, she's boring and has zero appeal. Bret Michaels is the way to go!!!

1534 days ago
87.

Erica    

J-Lo & Steven Tyler???? NO
Victoria Beckham & Brett Michaels R at the top of my list:)

1534 days ago
88.

WDD    

# 6 you are 100% RIGHT.you are the first person that make sense in these comments.

1533 days ago
89.

WDD    

SOME PEOPLE IN THESE COMMENTS ARE VERY IMMATURE. THEY ARE ACTING LIKE FIVE YEARS OLD KID. YOU PEOPLE SAY " IF J LO IS GOING TO BE A JUDGE IN AI I WON'T WATCH THE SHOW". IT SOUND RIDICULOUS, AND LIKE A LITTLE KID WHEN THEY SAY TO ANOTHER KID" IF YOU DON'T GIVE ME THIS, A WON'T GIVE YOU THAT" WHAT FUNNY AND LOCK IN PERSONALITY THESE PEOPLE ARE. GROW UP AND IF YOU WANT TO WRITE SOMETHING IN THESE COMMENTS, SAY SOMETHING THAT MAKE SENSE. ELLEN D. IS JUST AN STUPID COMEDIAN, AND SHE/HE WAS A JUDGE IN AI , WHY J-LO CAN'T BE? SHE IS AN ACTRESS, AND SHE IS A SINGER, AND NO MATTER IF SHE HAS A GOOD OR BAD VOICE, WHAT THEY NEED IS A PERSON WHO KNOWS ABOUT MUSIC, AND SHE DOES KNOW MUSIC. THERE MAY BE A REASON WHY YOU MAY NOT LIKE J LO. MAY BE BECAUSE YOU ARE RACIST? AND DISCRIMINATED THE SPANISH PEOPLE? FOR SURE IT IS.

1533 days ago
90.

Cheri    

Won't watch if Steven Tyler is a judge - his face is too scary-tight to look at. Pump it up people.

1527 days ago
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