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Taylor Hicks

'American Idol' Judges

Come w/ An Expiration Date

5/18/2013 5:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Just how replaceable ARE "American Idol" judges?  According to "Idol" champ Taylor Hicks ... SUPER DUPER REPLACEABLE.

Taylor was out in L.A. on Friday when our photog asked the season five winner the only interesting thing left to ask about "Idol" ... is it time to replace ALL the judges?

Randy Jackson -- the last remaining original judge -- made his exit after the season finale, and it's been reported that newbie judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are all on the chopping block.

But Taylor is unfazed by the "A.I" shake up and believes the "revolving door" of judges COULD be a way to save the slowly dying show.

And in case you forgot who Taylor is, here you go:

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Laura    

I forgot all about this guy. I agree that the judges can all easily be replaced, but so far, each time they replace one, it's with a worse one. Nicki Minaj may be the exception--can't get much worse than that.

467 days ago
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Jasper    

This no talent helped kill the show.

467 days ago
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Liz    

Taylor Hicks came with an expiration date, too -- about 30 days after his win.

467 days ago
4.

fenuchi    

He won Idol 5? I had to Google his name, I didn't believe it. Forgettable, for an "Idol".

467 days ago
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Mel harrison    

How old was this dude lol?

467 days ago
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Joao    

No, it's not about the judges---there's no talents. Maybe if they turned it into a serious show to identify folks who could actually sing more people--outside of their 70 IQ and under demographics types--would be interested. Frankly, it's been about 10 years since I last saw it.

467 days ago
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CC19    

Like Taylor or not, he's right that the show needs to change, especially if the show wants to last beyond this next season.

467 days ago
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Nun ja biz    

He had such a unique sound. I wish he would have made it big.

467 days ago
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Who the Hell is Khloe    

That show needs to stop

467 days ago
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jabberjaws    

So do the winners.

467 days ago
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Nasious Cordova    

That's funny-- coming from one of the most disposable pieces of "talent" the show has manufactured.

467 days ago
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hoodathunk    

Taylor totallt pwned that show when he won. The producers didn't want him to win because they couldn't sell a gray haired blues-rock guy, but he had something the others didn't- personality and musical chops. Idol just wants people to think he never existed but there's signs of his show all over Vegas with "American Idol Winner". Haha! Take that Idol! You rock Taylor!

467 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

This fool was certainly replaceable. I think whoever voted for him that year was on crack.

467 days ago
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bazookahoe    

I think the entire judges panel should be previous years winners. Well, successful ones that people remember or do one final season and bring back the original judges.

467 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

i'm surprised Randy JackSUN lol lasted 12 Years in that Show, There are sooo many other more Talented and more Famous People A-IDOL could get that i DON'T know how He DIDN'T get Fired before...

467 days ago
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