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New 'Idol' Judges

Nigel Pushing for

Charlie Sheen, Jerry Lewis!

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

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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I stopped watching the show after about season three. I don't care who's judging, but make it someone who knows about music and the music industry. If after all these seasons each winner was as famous as Kelly Clarkson I would still be watching. I just don't get why the real talent never wins.

813 days ago


Good grief.... NO Charlie....No Jerry. We need people who know the music business and have plenty of experience. This show is supposed to be about finding talent. If so, you need people who can provide what the kids need to go forward. What about Lionel Richie? Gloria Estefan? There are so many entertainers who would do the job. Is it a talent show or should they just have a show with judges judgeing no one.... They can just sit next to each other and act stupid.

813 days ago


Please...if American Idol was a "real" competition it would have judges that went by actual "rules". It doesn't. The judges are part of the "show". The more controversial the judge...the more lame viewers it produces. Does anybody really "care" who wins this lame show? No, they don't. People watch this show because they have nothing better to do.

813 days ago


Jerry Lewis would be a a great choice. He is mean enough. Famously mean.

813 days ago


...and one more thing. Charlie has his own niche...American Idol isn't Charlie's forte. As for Jerry Lewis? When there was a Martin & Lewis...Jerry was kinda funny. Actually, Dean Martin was WAY funnier than Lewis. After Dean & Jerry split...Jerry was never funny.

813 days ago


Why not Don Rickles, Nigel?

813 days ago


Since Randy Jackson is such a fatty-it's going to take two people to replace him. Is that the logic here? Regardless, Jerry Lewis doesn't know anything about modern music and Charlie Sheen is little more than a comedic burnout. Although I never watch American Idol, common sense should dictate that this would be a horrible move for a very popular show. Out of the list of stars provided, I'd go with Fergie and Miley Cyrus because both of them are familiar with modern day music.

813 days ago


Jerry Lewis...???? Charlie Sheen....???? Why not the Manson family ???? :-P

813 days ago


please....let j lo go...keep randy & steven...those 2 are the only reason i still watch the show...luv Steven on there very very much...if they would just let him be himself...if you watch the voice, they allow Blake Shelton to cuss & carry on...yet when steven says anything even joking people wanna give him some rap over it..??? what gives..??

813 days ago


Sounds like they want to close the show down. Good way to do it if the put those two goofballs on.

813 days ago


LOL at all of the names listed

813 days ago

Marilyn Wilkerson    

Long time fan of Idol but will NEVER watch again if Charlie, Jerry or that creepy Adam Lambert are picked for Judge. Bye American Idol, going dowhill at a rapid clip. Wake the Hell Up!

813 days ago


yesssss. i will watch american idol if charlie sheen is a judge.

813 days ago


Let Jennifer go, and bring on Charlie.

813 days ago


I would Like to Gene Simmons or Barry Gibb

813 days ago
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