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New 'Idol' Judges

Nigel Pushing for

Charlie Sheen, Jerry Lewis!

7/10/2012 11:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0710_charlie_sheen_jerry_lewis_AI_tmz"American Idol" producers are sending feelers out every which way as a "very preliminary" step in deciding what the make-up of the show will be for Season 12 ... sources tell TMZ ... but Nigel Lythgoe has laid it on the line -- he wants CHARLIE SHEEN and JERRY LEWIS on the judge's panel.

There have been numerous reports that Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, Fergie, Miley Cyrus and others are being courted, but we've learned Fremantle -- the company that produces "Idol" has a new head -- and nothing has been decided.

We're told producers believe they still have a chance of re-signing Jennifer Lopez -- whom they want badly.  Our sources say the process of deciding who will be on the show is like a giant jigsaw puzzle.  If Lopez goes away, then certain replacements would make sense and others would not.  If Steven Tyler or Randy Jackson say bye bye, then a different set of replacements would make sense.

We're told feelers are being sent out wide, so producers have options depending on which judges return.  But they are "far" from making any decisions.

Fact is ... even Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick haven't been picked up for Season 12.  But Nigel tells TMZ ... if he does come back he'll push for Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis.

We think he's kidding ... but then again, it could be awesome.

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Uncle Rufus    

"HEY PRETTY LAAAAADY...YOU SUCK"!

781 days ago
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Chase    

Where the **** is Jennifer Lopez going to go???? Her movie career is as DEAD as her music career (On The Floor was a hit, but that was all she had and her CD was still a complete flop). She has to do a co-headlining tour because NO WAY can she sell out a major tour in the States on her own.

781 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

One of them can only operate if there's an 8Ball of Coke on the table.

781 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

..these shows are all about the judges now anyways...the wackier choices the better I suppose...all pretty boring now!

781 days ago
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ForTheLulz    

Charlie Sheen FTW!

781 days ago
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Italia    

Charlie Sheen, definately yes.
But Jerry Lewis? Wouldn't producers be concerned that Jerry Lewis might croak before the season's even up? No harm intended, but come on, how old is dat guy, Jerry Lewis? He's got to be 100.

781 days ago
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Ritz    

They should push for Ernest Borgnine or Andy Griffith... too soon?

781 days ago
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Carl    

Time for Idol to die. They did a good job of getting Lopez and Tyler for the last two years. It gave the show a boost after Simon left, but that boost is gone now. Adding new judges isn't going to work the same way again.

781 days ago
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janebug    

Charlie might be interesting, but I don't see any background in music and it seems like there should be for Idol. Jerry Lewis? I don't get why they'd even consider him. I've heard him interviewed several timescalling women"Broads" and whatnot. Just don't see it.

781 days ago
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EMP BITE ME    

RIP IDOL.

781 days ago
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Jackie    

****I'd watch if they got Jerry Lewis...WHY?....he is a miserable old jerk who doesn't seem to give a crap about what he says...offensive or not..LOL...I remember Howard Stern played clips of his telethon on his show a few times..FUNNY AS HELL...youtube it

781 days ago
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billybob    

Lewis = honourable legend & world class entertainer
Sheen = boozy fornicator & drug whore & simply a p.o.s.

Together? Idiot Nigel is pushing it too hard...

781 days ago
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kronenburg    

This has got to be a joke. Jerry Lewis would die of old age before the season finale, and Charlie Sheen would die of a drug overdose before the top 24 were named (after he f***ed all the female contestants).

781 days ago
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Abe    

Hey Nygel, why don't you get James Van Praagh as a judge? He can contact Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and get their opinions about the singers.

781 days ago
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Michelle    

I've watched every season but you throw - long winded, not funny, Jerry Lewis into the mix and I'm outta there!

781 days ago
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