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'American Idol' Back-Up Plan -- Shania Twain

8/12/2010 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" sources tell TMZ ... the Jennifer Lopez deal isn't dead yet, but if it does flatline ... "Idol's" next choice is country star Shania Twain.

Shania Twain American Idol
Shania was a hit on "Idol" this past season when she served as guest judge and mentor.

We're told Shania is Plan B.

TMZ has a thought ... What about Britney Spears? She's fun, she kinda knows music and you never know when she'll go off the hinges. And she's endlessly entertaining. Just sayin' ...

 

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Stupid People Hater    

God, all we need is a country singer in there. This year is going to be a joke.

1501 days ago
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SebastianCanada    

At least Shania is a musician and songwriter. Lopez and Spears are just pop poppets.

1501 days ago
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Saywhat    

I think that they should ask Mel Gibson. He would tear everyone a new a-hole....just sayin'. That would make good TV. I may actually watch this over-hyped show that is well past it's time. No Mel = Boring....zzzzzzzzzz

1501 days ago
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shad    

Michelle Obama. She likes being on camera and taking money and wasting peoples money and time. She's perfect for "American Karayoke"

1501 days ago
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GEL    

Oh come on! Can't they come up with someone who isn't a manufactured singer??? If Shania Twain didn't look like she does...she wouldn't have even gotten a recording contract. She's a mediocre singer at best. Get one of the Legends who has endured...Billy Joel, Steven Tyler (I can see that one), Aretha Franklin, Cher (she'd be a hoot), even Elton John (I know he may be expensive, but the man has TALENT). If you have to go country (because AI has spawned a few country singers)...get someone who has truly been around since before marketing an image was the most important thing...Reba McIntire, George Straight, Dolly...people with real chops who truly know the business.

I don't actually watch the show because I lost interest in it a long time ago...but to me it would be more interesting to have new judges each season instead of keeping them adnauseum.

1501 days ago
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Kelly    


So many people would tune in to see Britney...INSANE RATINGS!!!

Whoever decided to post this survey was genius too. Hopefully they'll pay attention to whatthe audience says after the whole Ellen thing!

TEAM BRITNEY!!

1501 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

Haha, yeah I second the Mel Gibson vote, lol. Imagine if one of the contestants showed up in one of those little Jewish hats.

1501 days ago
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Kelly    

lololol #4!!

1501 days ago
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Nan    

Britney Spears knows nothing about singing, neither does J. Lo and Shania, while yes she's a country singer, doesn't know much more, but out of the 3 of them, I think Shania knows the business best and would be a worthwhile ally to whoever wins. Maybe they should get someone who actually knows how to sing, has some vocal pedagogy training and can teach them how to actually sing instead of....whatever the hell comes out as "talent" these days.

1501 days ago
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Annechantal    

Orrrrrrrrr they could just cancel Idol. Love Shania, but she wouldn't be the right fit.

1501 days ago
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Bill F. Murray    

Willie Nelson!

1501 days ago
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sv    

At least Shania has musical talent. The other 2 are a joke!

1501 days ago
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mjfan212    

WHAT ABOUT JANET JACKSON

1501 days ago
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Saywhat    

The thing with Mel is that he seems to be an equal opportunity hater, so he wouldn't hold back on anyone regardless of their background. I am pretty sure he would screech if there was a dog up there on stage auditioning. Either that or he could work at a wet t-shirt contest somewhere rating the 'fakes' vs the 'reals' He seems to have a good handle on that.

1501 days ago
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Prince Von A-Hole    

#4 has a good idea
Mel, OJ, Andy ****, and Octomom as an alternate.

You know this is about the 15th different Celeb TMZ has claimed is in. Maybe you should just speculate every Celeb you can think of and you might hit it lucky.

1501 days ago
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