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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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46.

Snerkles    

Please...no! Jerry Lewis is barely coherent, and would never shut up. Charlie Sheen isn't the least bit qualified. AI is totally desperate to save their sinking ship, and neither of these two can bail.

835 days ago
47.

Kari    

Charlie looks older than Jerry!

835 days ago
48.

Tyler    

Just put this show out of its misery already.

835 days ago
49.

IceGypsy    

I have no idea what Nigel is thinking. Sheen would be a joke. As for Jerry. I have a great deal of respect for the man. He's been in the biz forever, but I think he'd be too out of touch with today's music.

835 days ago
50.

AnonyMouse    

One of the most important skills to learn as we mature is when to say good-bye. Jerry Seinfeld knew it, AI doesn't. I didn't watch last season and from what I hear didn't miss much. It's been years since the show has produced a real "star." Say goodnight, Gracie.

835 days ago
51.

Sandra     

This show is so lame and if they hire one of these guys it's game over!!

835 days ago
52.

Mikki    

The old joke is the French find Jerry Lewis funny. OMG his telethon used to have entertainment with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, etc. In the latter years it was acts that couldn't place in a fifth grade talent show. Also he doesn't believe there is even one funny lady comedianne. He's a real a-hole about it too!

835 days ago
53.

Lisa    

Is this a joke? Seriously.

835 days ago
54.

Genghis Khan    

Charlie I can see, but Jerry? Come on his health is bad and what would he actually bring to the table?

835 days ago
55.

A.M.D    

Time to shut it down people!

835 days ago
56.

DEBBIE    

i would be gone. Never to watch again. Not fair to the new coming talent. I would quit if I were Randy or Steven. What a slap in the face for their talent and mentoring. Charlie and Jerry are NOT the right judges for this show.
Next they will be using the Kardashians.

835 days ago
57.

tamara    

2 1/2 men was one of the BEST shows ever when Sheen was on. I know it won't happen but I wish he would just replace Ashton and make more of them. That was the perfect role for him. Love the reruns, just hysterical :)

835 days ago
58.

sweetnspicy    

Why not? Just get a plastic surgeon to over botox and/or rearrange Jerry Lewis' face, throwa bunch of makeup on him, give him some drugs and prop him up in Steven Tyler's spot.... no one would notice.

835 days ago
59.

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835 days ago
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sotiredofthis    

Charlie - put all the money on him. People WOULD watch. Jerry? NO. NO. NO. He's old. Sorry, but he's like Barbara Walters - they ARE icons, but it's over. Bask in the past glory and SHE needs to take a lesson for sure. Put all the money on Charlie and Idol will go on. Pay Jennifer what she wants. Give Randy whatever he's getting or wants - what else has he got going anyway? Done.

835 days ago
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