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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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Majestik    

Impress me when you get three music exec's who actually know real talent when they see it and then tell me these idiot producers are focusing on the talent and not the judges.

375 days ago
32.

ABB    

Fingering the next Kelly Clarkston? LOL!

375 days ago
33.

Brian    

Real singers aren't discovered on these dumb shows.

375 days ago
34.

I DON'T GIVE A F    

I'd finger her if he doesn't want to.

375 days ago
35.

Kimberly    

"Their Research"?????? Lmao, the first couple of SEASONS IN THE CAN, should have Told them!!! Geniuses paying them for that research, aught to be fired!!!

375 days ago
36.

terri    

The title of this article is just sooooooo wrong!!

375 days ago
37.

TheRealDeal    

This guy is responsible for Justin Bieber's fame? Hardly a genius. And he shouldn't be rewarded for releasing JB and his butt buddies loose on an unsuspecting population like the plague. He should be shot.

375 days ago
38.

Larry    

Bonnie Bramlett should be an AI judge I have been saying it for YEARS...No one outside the music industry may know her name but who outside the music business knows who Scooter Braun is...even the ignorant little Beliebers don't know who he is..BONNIE BRAMLETT!!!

375 days ago
39.

Ron    

Well, they just assured that I will not watch AI again this coming season. JLo and RJ ruined Season 10. I refused to watch S11 because they were still there, and they kept me away by making idiotic selections with the "Judges" for S12. They may have changed leadership, which was good, but it's a BIG mistake to bring Lopez back. She proved in S10 that she cannot be unbiased and fair, and that she was only in it to promote her own career. Bringing her back just proves they are still focused on having "Celebrity" judges, instead of concentrating on giving fair, honest, un-biased, and professionally accurate critiques of the performances.

Shakira and Usher are available, they were great on "The Voice". Maybe they could convince them to jump ship.

BIG Mistake to bring JLo back. Just another self-centered Diva, and you would think Idol would have learned their lesson about having Divas on a "Judging Panel". I guess not.

375 days ago
40.

Patti    

I stopped watching after the 3rd year as it is soooo boring! I tried to watch with Keith Urban but just can't with the others. That idiot is the reason for all the trash music. OMG, I can certainly see AI wanting him as their ratings are in the toilet!!!

375 days ago
41.

Diane    

TMZ - you need to get some grownups on your staff and get rid of all the high school boys and their obnoxious ideas about what's an appropriate journalistic title for an article. You guys are freakin' annoying.

375 days ago
42.

RC    

Never heard of him and have no interest in him. TMZ sucking up to Kris and now Beiber managers. Woosies!

375 days ago
43.

Eric in L.A.    

RIP AI

375 days ago
44.

Yurra Knutz    

American Idol want to finger the public with hangnails.

375 days ago
45.

LetsBeReAL    

Their research is WRONG!!!! Of course the judges matter. R.I.P American idol. Either get high profile stars or go home. Look at the voice. Everyone on their is pretty huge.

375 days ago
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