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'American Idol'

Wants Scooter to Finger

Next Kelly Clarkson

8/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Some of the honchos at "American Idol" -- and Jennifer Lopez -- have been aggressively courting super-manager Scooter Braun because their research shows people don't care about the judges -- they want to watch the birth of the next big star.

Sources connected with the show tell us ... "A.I." execs believe the show has lost its way by sinking their fortunes on the judges.  The research is clear -- viewers want to see the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood emerge from the pack.

The execs believe there is no one in music better to accomplish that task than Scooter Braun, who built careers for Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, and many others.  BTW, they're right.  Braun's a genius.

But here's the rub ... Sources very close to Scooter tell TMZ ... he's flattered but has lots of doubts about doing the show.  One of the biggest -- he's saying he likes being able "to go to the grocery store under the radar."

We're told the only way Scooter would even consider doing the show is if he could have management control of any contestant he chooses -- even the ones who don't win.

The likelihood he'd take the gig -- remote, but still possible.

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CaMeO    

So they FINALLY realized viewers watched AI for the talent?

373 days ago
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thisiswhatihavetosay    

The tittle to this "article" is so gross. TMZ, you freaks!

373 days ago
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Mary P    

So HE is the one to blame for all the ****ty music?

373 days ago
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Greg    

I had to read the title twice. I thought American Idol was making a porno.

373 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

OR American Idol is just old and boring and people are tired of the crappy music if churns out.

373 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

What if the next contestant is a male? Will AI still want Scooter to finger him or go the unusual route and use the fist?

373 days ago
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Phreaky    

He is responsible for Justin Beiber - so NO THANKS. The sooner that kids fades to obscurity the better.

373 days ago
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Phreaky    

AI was over two or three years ago. It's nothing but a joke at this point.

373 days ago
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billybob    

Oh yeah, Braun's a genius. The guy who gave us Justin Bieber and other totally talentless turds and polished them. Smell my fart!

373 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Let me get this straight. They want some guy named Scooter to diddle a woman's private parts on TV?
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'cause that's what your sophomoric headline reads.

373 days ago
11.

Azi    

When I was a kid, I had a Radio Flyer wagon. The kid next door to me was jealous because all he had was a Scooter Braun. That poor bastard !

373 days ago
12.

Canadasux    

What? It took 25 seasons of "AI" for these "geniuses" to figure out the show isn't about the judges, but about the contestants? The show was never called, "American Judges." Morons.

373 days ago
13.

train wreck    

so JLo, the country guy, scooter and kelly = 4 judges

373 days ago
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jay26mc    

Nice headline.

373 days ago
15.

Truth    

Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted are not "big stars". Any of them could go to any grocery store in America "under the radar."

373 days ago
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