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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.

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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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steven spears    

team britney!!!

1502 days ago


Harvey--oh, come now!

P.Diddy or Snoop Dogg all the way! They need judges that will bring something to the table with music, and oh yeah, judges who will--


Do a poll on those guys--you may be surprised by the results.

1502 days ago


shania is like the most beautiful female singer i have ever seen. she looks like a supermodel. she’s down to earth, but very talented in singing and song writing. i really like shania’s voice. it never sounds old. i really like when ai contestants were mentored by shania. she still sounds better than them…she’s a perfectionist without realizing she’s perfect. she has the quality. she’s charming but actually critical. she pointed out details to the contestants without being mean. she’s really nice and funny sometimes. she’s definitely not having a big ego or diva attitude. go shania. ai would be lucky to get shania

1501 days ago


Why not Sarah Palin as a judge ? She loves the camera and America certainly loves Death Panel Palin. Plus she has as much musical talent as J Lo and Paula.

1501 days ago


american idol should have american judges... i never understood simon being on it and i don't understand shania, being canadian... there is enough talent in america to support this show.. use it! i vote for Brit. she would actually be entertaining.

1501 days ago

JR Jake    

Before I end my evening and another week I just need to say this: Shania has never been nor will ever be A BACKUP PLAN. Just because she is a Canuck and 'outta sight - outta mind' for many, she is now and always will be first rate. She can be in my starting lineup anyday and not as any reserve. On that note you all have a great weekend. Remember what I said Shaniiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...........

1501 days ago


J Lo is really J one, no one, is interested in that has been. She is not musically gifted, every note she ever sang was computer processed because she is tone deaf. No, no, go with anyone but that boring pop phony.

1501 days ago


Shania Twin is the best choice, more people would watch!

1501 days ago


G'day from Downunder!!!
The whole of Australia would tune in to see BRITNEY behind that desk! She would be a ratings goldmine world-wide! I think she would bring an amazing amount of viewers to the failing Idol series. Come on Idol - Hit me Baby one more time !!!- lol

1501 days ago

Mario Weyer    

When i see the three alternatives, i must say the judge can only be shania twain. Who is britney spears ? I don't know, she's a joke like Lady GaGa. I've prayed to god, give us Lady Diana back, we'll send you Lady GaGa !!!
Maybe Lopez could be an alternative, but shania is a singer, a songwriter and i think now she must also work to compose her lyrics. Lopez will never have the charisma of shania twain ! Lopez brand mark is only her bottom! Greetings from Berlin, Mario Weyer (46)

1501 days ago


Shania would be so great! She's got awesome talent and shes been out of the spotlight for a while.

1501 days ago


I think Shania would be a great judge! She was a great guest judge!

1501 days ago


Shania Twain would be good. She was a guest judge once and did fantastic. The producer wants the focus of the show to be on the kids. You have J-Lo has a judge, that ain't gonna happen. J-Lo will make sure American Idol is about J-Lo. Those thousands of rumors about her being a diva didn't come from nowhere. I can't believe they would even consider her. She can't sing, can't act, her music label dumped her, she makes one movie flop after another and she has the nerve to make demands and be a bitchy diva???!!!! The latest kick in the pants is her posting all her diamond jewelery she owns on her twitter page and making a snotty comment "Hmmmm....what should I wear?" I'd like to barf all over her cruddy diamonds. Also not a smart move to post all that you own Jenny dear. Sure hope your home has tons of security, the way the economy is now, not to mention criminals in general. But I guess when you are so greedy and materialistic, all common sense flies out the window, as it apparently happened here. I have my fingers crossed J-Lo is out of the picture. American Idol does not need her.

1501 days ago



1500 days ago

LoneWolf 360    

Britney would be a better judge then the other two. She knows music like they do. She knows fame like they do. But she's the one that knows the dark side of fame.

1500 days ago
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