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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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Obama's not doing anything for our Country, he might as well be a judge on Idol . . . after all, he's already idol.

1497 days ago


Shania would be a hit. But, hollyweird loves nasty people a lot more!

1497 days ago


If they need a female judge, pick Justin Bieber.

1497 days ago


Jennifer Lopez is such a has-been. She's started looking like a dude the past few years. Not AS dude like as, say, Lady Gaga... but dude like nonetheless.

1497 days ago


Reading the above comments makes me wonder if people respond just to see it in writing. None make positive comments, just critisism of an industry they don't even know about. I doubt the big, big, big stars want to be on AI. Britney is still wet behind the ears, J Lo has other interests, and Shania is an excellent singer, has a number of years experience, and gave excellent advise to the contestants on the show. Don't throw a stone unless you can hide!

1497 days ago


Actually, it would be good publicity for Britney. A way to show she can organize and control herself as well as help aspiring inexperienced artists. The show is about pop stars, so put a pop star on the show and see who can fill her shoes!

1497 days ago

Ozzie X    

J-lo is worthless I have no idea how she managed to stretch her big ass this far.. horrible singer, horrible dancer and horrible actress. All her big budget films flopped. It goes to show you minimal talent under the guise of PR an Academy Award invitation can take you a long way. Please give it to Shania, she's worked hard all her life.

1497 days ago


Put an end to the Jennifer Lopez talk, we don't need a washed up Diva with a list of demands as long as her arm. Shania would be great. Better still Betty White would be a riot!

1497 days ago


I actually like the suggestion of Janet Jackson over Shania Twain anyday (and for the person who said she worked her way up...yeah, she played small clubs and didn't go anywhere...UNTIL SHE MET MUTT LANG, who promoted her and she married/divorced. She SLEPT with the influential person who made her career.)

Janet would be great, but she has such a quiet/meek personality in person that I think she might have a hard time telling the contestants they are bad when they are, BUT she has been around a good long time. I also liked the suggestion of Harry Connick, HE I think would make a great judge!!! He knows music, he's talented, he has a great personality...and I think he could deliver the hard stuff too when necessary.

1497 days ago


I say Donny and Marie Osmond.

1497 days ago

why is she there ?    

Idol is dead,
not even worth pissing on if it was on fire .
stick a fork it it already, its a joke .

1497 days ago


American Idol is turning into a snoozefest. Just because a big name artist is placed on the panel does not mean they have enough personality to make the show interesting. Shania will be a boring choice.

1497 days ago


I liked Shania when she was a guest judge for AI. I think she's a much better choice than JL. I really think they should get Harry Connick Jr., he was great w/ the contestant and he knows music.

1497 days ago

Illinois person    

How about the Captain and Tennille? Quite certain they're available. This way, you could fill both seats at once. Of course, they've long since retired - but just a thought. Idol is grabbing at straws at this point and the show is going downhill faster than Fantasia. At least Ellen knew when to say when. Put this show out of it's misery. Can you say Kris Allen? He like others haven't gone on to squat!

1497 days ago

shawn olsen    

I cannot stand the stuck up J-Lo, Shania Twain would be wonderful, jlo not so much.

1497 days ago
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