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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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What experience do these 2 have in deciding someone's future in the music industry. They are actors; not singers. Didn't IDOL learn their lesson when they had Ellen D. as a judge that time. How can this show be taken seriously if they are not seeking professionals in the music industry to decide contestants futures.

801 days ago


Not even Charlie sheen can fix such as washed up ****ty show!

801 days ago


Jennifer Lopez is the only woman that could ever make me say those 3 words..."Bring Paula Back"!

801 days ago


lol it's obvs a joke ppl. I actually think Nigel's job is more in jeopardy then any of the judges except maybe Randy. News Corp COO Chase Carey wants fresh & new. o_O

801 days ago


Nigel Lythgoe is about 50 years too late for Jerry Lewis, who might have been okay then, and don't even mention Charlie Sheen. That would definitely be the end of American Idol....or maybe that's the idea. Stick with Adam Lambert and Katy Perry if they don't want to lose all their viewers!

801 days ago


I think what they need is to get Charlie on a motorcycle and have him jump a shark.

801 days ago


Time to just let it go.

801 days ago


Please TMZ at least get the picture right, the SF on Charlies hat is backwards here.

801 days ago


it's time to pull the plug on idol.

801 days ago


SERIOUSLY.... One of them is terminally ill, and the other is mentally ill... WTF... go for the trifecta of dumb **** and get rid of all of old judges get these 2 to sign and throw Nancy Grace into it... the show wont make it out of the auditions...

801 days ago


Sheen? Why? He isn't a singer and has nothing to do with music. I'lll be boycotting if he shows up. Lewis isn't in any shape to judge singers either. Why not Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, John Fogerty? Damn, they need to find a singer, not some cheap actor.

801 days ago


I hope Nigel had his tongue in his cheek when he made this stupid suggestion.

801 days ago


I swear on almost everything I adore, if STEVEN TYLER is not judging next year, I'm forever done with American Idol! And I'm as serious as a heart attack! Do you hear that Nigel?

801 days ago

Paul B    

Sheen looks like your typical crack head. Jerry Lewis is a fat slob.

801 days ago


LMAO Sheen and Lewis?!?
This is someone's idea of a joke, right?

801 days ago
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