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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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31.

Gloryg7    

Mentors need to be people like L.A Reed and Baby Face, You know actual movers and shakers of the industry who have MADE people famous .... not over privileged punks and snobs who can only mentor the pot they smoke and the boose they guzzle down!

572 days ago
32.

NOT ELMO    

Bieber is a D-Bag and Minaj should be Fired from A-IDOL...

572 days ago
33.

Dave    

By all means, keep Nicky and lose the rest of your audience, idiot.

572 days ago
34.

coryinoc    

Come on Idol, I think the whole world growned when you signed up Niki Mistake. Remember we are not all 12 and ignorant. By the way is she related to Urkel?

572 days ago
35.

Seriously?    

You got to b joking to have this baby mentor any one. He's a train WRECK. Sent him to rehab and tell him to grow up!

572 days ago
36.

mezmreyes    

why no report on how Justin Bieber pranked you TMZ?! hahaha! you report on everything else real or false about the guy?! Well played JB! Well played! LOL

571 days ago
37.

Pumpkin    

I love Justin Bieber. He's a good guy . Good job Bieber on pranking TMZ. Cut the kid some slack TMZ. You have nothing better to do then put him down and talk negative about him. I use to like tmz not anymore a bunch of bullies and haters and report garbage news

571 days ago
38.

storm    

I dont watch American Idol anymore. I like the Voice as lot better than AI since it has dynamic and funny judges/coaches and the Show ( The Voice) itself is not boring. Lythgoe should take in Cee Lo and Christina instead of Randy and Nicki lol..... They are more colorful to watch.

570 days ago
39.

storm    

I love watching The Voice than Idol. The judges are great and they are so funny that makes the shoew interesting to watch. Love Adam Levine's bromance with Blake Shelton. Idol should hire Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, i might watch Idol again.

570 days ago
40.

D. Rock    

Why did Kree THANK the two guys on her right but......DID NOT THANK THE VIOLINIST ON THE LEFT WHO WAS A VERY, VERY, BIG PART OF HER SONG????????????????????

562 days ago
41.

shadowmia    

I doubt very much whether Justin Bieber would be interested in an association with "American Idol," and Lythgoe is in la-la land if he thinks otherwise.

534 days ago
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