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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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16.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

So this is the guy who taught Justin Bieber to piss in mop buckets and rip his shirt off at the slightest provocation? I wouldn't call someone like that a genius. He is more like Typhoid Mary, spreading disease throughout society.

364 days ago
17.

CrazyTracy    

Bwahahaha, you said "finger."

364 days ago
18.

Barb    

Smart guy. Can't he approach any of the non-winners anyway to manage without participation on that stupid show?

364 days ago
19.

gablegirl    

So much for America voting - sounds like Scooter would pick the winner himself? Rigged?

364 days ago
20.

Caitlin    

Maybe Scooter should worry less about being a judge on AI and more time managing that little sh*t head, Justin.....

364 days ago
21.

Phil Mcl    

I bet he wants to finger next kelly Clarkson!!!!! LOL

364 days ago
22.

Michael    

If having a misleading title brings in the readers, that's what TMZ is going to do.
https://www.logicnation.com/nationpage/1198

364 days ago
23.

Waka Waka Waka    

I wanna finger the next Kelly clarkson too

364 days ago
24.

Larc    

If TPTB at Idol really believe "the show has lost its way by sinking their fortunes on the judges," then why are they getting JLo back? I can't believe she would agree to less than the $15M or $16M she was getting in seasons 10 & 11. She certainly wouldn't do it for the pocket change plus carfare she's actually worth to the show.

364 days ago
25.

OK    

I thought Jennifer Hudson was going to be a judge?

364 days ago
26.

the truth    

But everybody he likes SUCKS....get somebody that has a taste level beyond a 14 year old girl

364 days ago
27.

Diana    

I don't understand why American Idol doesn't get it. The problem isn't the judges as much as that the show is boring!!!! They need to add new twists in the game, like the voice and there blind auditions, the battles, things like that. It also wouldn't hurt if you had a Adam Levine lookalike on there for the women. Lets face it most of there viewers are women. WE WANT EYE CANDY!!!

364 days ago
28.

Leopold butters Stotch     

Does anyone want to finger the current Kelly Clarkson?

364 days ago
29.

darkhorse91    

No! I don't need another Bieber shoved down my throat thanks. And he needs to worry about that little client of his called Justine.

364 days ago
30.

Truth    

Brauns a GENIUS? LMAO The guy has a knack for spotting what snot nose pimply teens like in music. Thats NOT Genius!!! Einstein, Galileo, Michelangelo were geniuses.

364 days ago
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