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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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106.

Trish    

Last week the rumor was that Adam Lambert of all people would be replacing Jennifer Lopez. That would have been rediculous. He has had only minor success since being on AI, so where would his expertise come from. It does not matter that he was on Billboard #1 right after his cd was released. It dropped the next week and has continued to drop ever since. Charlie Sheen is a mistake also as he has no expertise in music. He is also always a train waiting for a wreck.

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107.

Sana    

Would like to see Adam Lambert who is doing a great job touring with Queen --maybe Cher--she would be funny and Will I Am who is free of Black Eyed Peas now

770 days ago
108.

Sana    

Would like to see Adam Lambert who is doing a great job touring with Queen --maybe Cher--she would be funny and Will I Am who is free of Black Eyed Peas now

770 days ago
109.

cheri marshall    

charlie sheen, steven tyler,mariah carey, not hard to figure out love them all. . my favorite show .sign away on the the dotted lines new producers please,

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