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Nigel Lythgoe

I WOULD Let Justin Bieber

Mentor 'Idols', BUT ...

3/31/2013 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

033113_nigel_lythgoe_launchJustin Bieber's recent wave of d-bag shenanigans has not gone unnoticed in the music world ... so when we asked "American Idol" honcho Nigel Lythgoe if the Biebs was "Idol" mentor material, his response was ... mixed.

Nigel was out in Malibu and our photog questioned whether Lythgoe would consider having JB on the show to help shape the minds of "AI" hopefuls. A valid question in light of Bieber's recent run of speeding tickets, fights, drugs, monkey smuggling ... you get it.

Nigel's response is pretty hilarious and he also addressed whether or not Nicki Minaj is welcome back on the show next season.

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1.

fenuchi    

Justin could show Nicki Minaj how to act like a lady.

534 days ago
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DjaksMom    

If he would welcome back Nicki Minaj as a judge, he deserves to sit back and watch his show continue to tank.

534 days ago
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Truth    

BITCH PULEEEEZ... ANY SHOW THAT NEEDS LIL PUNK ASS NO TALENT BIEBER TO MENTOR CONTESTANTS JUMPED THE SHARK EONS AGO. TOTALLY DESPERATE ATTEMPT FOR #EPICFAIL RATINGS. WUT CUD THE PUNK BITCH MENTOR ANYWAYS? HOW TO ACT GANGSTA HOMIE AND LUNGE AT PAPS AND NEIGHBORS WITH A 110 LB GIRLY FRAME AND SPITTIN LIKE A CHICA??? #TRUTH!!

534 days ago
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Laura    

Any show that thinks Nicki is judge worthy certainly would find J.B. mentor material.

534 days ago
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BaadBoy    

Clearly, Lythgoe doesn’t know what the **** he is doing. That revolving door with the judges has all but sealed the deal with American Idol’s reign coming to an end. He should’ve gotten rid of Randy a long time ago. He’s a likeable guy but has no charisma what-so-ever; he also lacks a vocabulary. Throw into the mix that he’s fat and doesn’t dress very well. Nicki is so wrong for the show that I don’t even know where to begin with pointing out the ridiculous fact that she’s there at all. That show is about a season, maybe 2 away from being cancelled unless Lythgoe finds a dream-team of folks that can resurrect the show from life-support. I love Mariah; she’s perfect and worth every cent they’re paying for her. Keith is great but needs to flex some mean muscle every so often. Lythgoe; you better change something for the better or that show is doomed.

534 days ago
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Danielle123    

I don't get why people hate Nicki Minaj as a judge. Whether you like her music or not, she is the only judge that is willing to tell the truth to the contestants straight like it is. Randy has the same phrase "Yo dawg! _______ is back tonight!" Mariah babies them with her essay long speeches. I've heard people call her mean, rude, etc. but where were all of these people when the King of mean and rude, Mr. Simon Cowell was judging. Truth be told, Nicki is the only thing keeping this show semi-alive - her fans are watching the show and those that hate her guts are watching as well. That is Nicki's panel. I always wondered why people said "She doesn't have any talent, how can she judge them!" when half of the people tweeting and voting at home can't sing themselves yet are allowed to dictate the future of these contestants through the voting system. That argument just doesn't make sense.

534 days ago
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Snerkles    

Bieber is not old enough, talented enough, nor emotionally stable. The only people he's capable
of mentoring are the trashy little gangsters he's
letting tear up his house.

Of course, Lythgoe could get a show out of putting Bieber and Minaj in a wrestling ring, to fight to the
death...no speaking allowed. That's the only way
I could watch Minaj. Hopefully, they'd do each other
in, with the winner to fight L. Lohan. Wow, three
idiot "celebrities," down to one winnah.;) I'd donate to a crypt, for the losers.

534 days ago
8.

Cat    

Stopped watching when Simon left, looks like it was a good choice.

534 days ago
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ChitownCletus    

Beavis, I mean bieber still needs a LOT of mentoring himself. Its called AMERICAN IDOL not Canadian D-bag.

534 days ago
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Sicsicpuppy    

Could mentor them in a spitting class

534 days ago
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Chuck    

Lythgoe has clearly lost his touch, if he ever had one, for collecting rating points. All three of his comments were totally wrong. Too bad because he could have kept the ball rolling for Idol for a few more seasons, but bad decisions and tired drama make the show predictable. Beiber would turn off males and anyone beyond teendom, Minaj is a joke and Peter Noone is down to playing oldie shows with others who've had their day. What is Lythgoe thinking?

534 days ago
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bernergirl    

That's the problem, they keep getting talentless hacks for that 4 th judge... Bring in Lenny Kravitz

534 days ago
13.

denys    

GET RID OF THE JUDGES. I used to watch for the music and to witness the growth from each contestant. I could care less what the judges think, nor their petty bickering and I'm insulted that they use this show as their own platform for PR. Thank god for the ability to fast forward through their detritus, though, I have already missed most of this season because it bored me.

534 days ago
14.

Shana    

That was Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and the photog just ignored him?

534 days ago
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Taazz69    

I think they should make this little turd a judge maybe we can kill 2 birds with one stone the end of A.I. And this brats 15 min. Check back in 10 years with his McDonalds name tag

534 days ago
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