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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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Jackie    

How in the hell can you call Scooter Braun a genius??????????Thanks to him we have a lot of mediocre sh*t heads on the radio.....>>>>>BTW his roster of "talent" isn't so talented. He's the Jose Baez (Casey Anthony's lawyer) of music managing...HE GOT LUCKY

396 days ago
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Shadypinez    

Since the show is washed up, maybe Lindz Lohan & Kimmy K can be the new "talent" judges!

396 days ago
48.

CasperAKA.Jlo🚽boy    

Awww. Come on guys JLO is my cash COW

396 days ago
49.

matt    

Scooter braun a genius LOL!!!!! any moron knows if you take cute teens and give them the best songs producers and auto tune you can, teen girls will spend billions on them.. yeh sure.. hes as big a genius as Scott borchetta who signed that "daddy paid for record deal" for the no talent tone deaf fake, bad attitude diva taylor swift.she wouldn't even have any half way decent songs to sing without her hit song writers really penning them for her..co writers my but .none of these losers including justin b have any class..now theres video of jb pulling his pants donw at a concert..Looser!!!

396 days ago
50.

Ray8    

Put the show out of its misery. Most people have not watched it in years.

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