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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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61.

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.

730 days ago
62.

twinsies    

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.

730 days ago
63.

Donny    

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

730 days ago
64.

MLW    

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

730 days ago
65.

KenzieQ    

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

730 days ago
66.

smartchick    

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!

730 days ago
67.

Mazor    

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

730 days ago
68.

Jordan    

Time to just let it go.

730 days ago
69.

Beetlejuice    

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

730 days ago
70.

StarryStarryNight    

it's time to pull the plug on idol.

730 days ago
71.

Raine    

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...

730 days ago
72.

Winky    

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.

730 days ago
73.

Reed    

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

730 days ago
74.

Shellybean    

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?

730 days ago
75.

Paul B    

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

730 days ago
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