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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.

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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Paula Abdul might have been a train wreck; but that's what made her fun! Remember when AI was fun? What were those dumb ass AI producers thinking replacing our beloved Paula with that creepy Ellen Degeneres?

I haven't watched the show since Paula departed, and I am far from alone. Will I be tuning in to see the supremely over-rated and singularly untalented Jennifer Lopez completely derail the show? God no! I may even give up watching all TV, and cancel my cable service entirely. Oh, wait! I'd miss the next episode of TRUE BLOOD!

1523 days ago


I think its great - AI needs a new spin and now you have three judges covering different genres and various experience within the entertainment industry. I think it will work - can't get any worse than having Kara and Ellen. There was no chemistry and it made the viewers uncomfortable to watch.... Looking forward to JLO and TYLER....

1509 days ago

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why can't they get someone who is fun like CHER she's good one she know a lot and can get her to the point. or clyde he's older but he knows what people like and he ferm i'm not saying these two but someone like them some one who could help them make it big

1509 days ago
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