May 31, 2010

Biggest question now for 'American Idol' – who will replace Simon??

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

(Via Peace FM)

So yeah, Lee DeWyze took the "American Idol" title last week. But really, the question on everyone's mind is: who is going to take over the title of most obnoxious judge?

Here are 10 suggestions:

1. I think Madonna may have the perfect combo of performer cred and hardcore honesty to get the job done. Her fake British accent wouldn't hurt either.

2. Neil Patrick Harris has proven himself to be a kick-butt actor, singer, and live TV host. Done and done.

3. Nick Lachey has survived boy band cult status, marriage to Jessica Simpson, and a reality TV show.

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Don't forget to tune in TONIGHT at 9pmet – we're kicking off our LKL 25th ANNIVERSARY week with Lee, Crystal and the 8 finalists!!

Filed under: American Idol • Entertainment • Hollywood • Larry King Live • Simon Cowell

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John MacDougall   May 31st, 2010 8:15 am ET

Big Mike – I have a heart-warming song for father's day. Would you please sing it for us. For the guys in war – for the single fathers – for all fathers?


Ted   May 31st, 2010 8:47 am ET

Is this the greatest news concerning America so blog after blog will be placed with the same picture?

I have been listenning to the news on BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News and other european TV stations on the bloodbath caused by the israelis on high seas!!
Israeli commandos attacked the eight cargo ships 35 miles from Gaza, also in international waters. On board are humanitarian supplies, such as medicine, cement, dental supplies, etc. for those poor people who are closed in since years and are butchered as the USA and the west looks on.
Also on board are, beside the crew, 600 peace activists from over 30 nations, european politicians and well known persons.
According to reliable witnesses 19 unarmed civilians were killed and dozens injured!
Spain, Sweden and Turkey already called back their ambassadors from Israel and more are to follow.

Israel already says there were weapons on board. What a lie!
They could have followed the ships to port in Gaza, inspect all cargo.
Instead they decided to shoot and kill, the usual israeli method to solve any problem.

We allowed Israel to do just anything during the past 62 years, how long will we look on as palestinians are killed, tortured, denied their rights? Those people live there since 3,000 years, long before the hebrew tribes came to their promised land.

What will President Obama do? Look the other way as all presidents did during the past 60 years. Or will he fulfill his election promise to end the subjugation by the israelis and give the palestanians their freedom and country?

Ted   May 31st, 2010 9:05 am ET

According to Shlomo Sand, an israeli author, there is no such thing as a jewish nation!! It is a lie to justify the state of Israel.

Good 80-90% of jews todays do not come from the hebrew lines, also are not semites.
They are converted syrians, armenians, georgians, persians, khazars, turks, russians, ukranians, poles, spaniers, berbers, italians, hungarians, romanians, germans, etc. etc., who have absolutly no hebrew bloodlines.
According to Sand you cannot create a nation by using a religious belief as the only common ground.

So fellow americans of jewish faith, you cannot go back to someplace where you have never been, your vorfathers do not come from old Israel, but from someplace else.
You are not the chosed people, as you claim, but converted jews, and not better or worse as any other americans are.

DedTV   May 31st, 2010 9:28 am ET

Bret Michaels has apparently been asked if he's interested, although they haven't offered him the job, they just wanted to know if they should consider him. He'd be a good choice. But he was only good, not great, when he was a judge on Nashville Star and he really isn't someone who can brutally honest which is something a Simon replacement would need to be.

A really good replacement would be John Barrowman. He's basically Simon with an American accent. He has international appeal as he's Scottish (although he was raised in Chicago, thus the American Accent) and is very well known in the UK, and somewhat known in the US for being on Dr. Who and Torchwood plus he has extensive experience as a singer in both the Theater and as a recording Artist. He's also been a judge on several talent shows in the UK and he's possibly more brutal than Simon but at the same time he's also got the same rare talent Simon has of being very likable while he's tearing someone apart.

Another good choice would be Dave Navaro. He was a host and something of a judge on Rock Star Supernova and did a fantastic job. He's both knowledgeable and can be brutally honest. And he's absolutely nothing like any of the other judges and would offer a totally different perspective than any of the others.

Cindy   May 31st, 2010 11:24 am ET

LKL is not a cable news program; you can find that 24/7 elsewhere.

michelle lepine   May 31st, 2010 1:37 pm ET

Regarding the Oil spill im wondering wht they do not vaccume the serface and as well create a vaccum that can suck up the oil to the serface then contain it???????????

Floridian   May 31st, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Brett Michaels should replace Simon Cowell.....jmho

Dwight   May 31st, 2010 3:09 pm ET

They can find someone to fill in for Simon, but he can never be "REPLACED" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sure that most everyone that watches Idol on a regular basis, see that when it comes to the judges making a decision, it is always Simon that they go to.
Get rid of Ellen also. Her goofy remarks are not needed for this type of a show.
All she does is agree with Randy.
If she were first to make a comment, she would be totally lost !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She has no more idea as to what pitchie means than I do.
I don't know why they ever went to four judges anyway?
I, for one will probably not watch Idol very much next season.
I give the show three more years @ best.
I am really looking foreword to watching X-Factor next season.
It sounds like it is going to be much the same as Americas Got Talent.
It should be interesting to see what is going to be thrown in to make it diferent?

Renata R.   May 31st, 2010 3:11 pm ET

Gene Simmons is the perfect replacement for Simon. As an extremely successful musician and businessman, Gene has vast experience and knowledge about what it takes to be an "American idol" in the areas of performance, publicity, self-promotion, and marketing. Additionally, Gene's certainly not afraid to tell it like it is.

JT   May 31st, 2010 5:15 pm ET

How about M.C. Lyte or Chico Debarge. They are very knowledgable and reputable with regard to music in different genres. Missy Elliot or J Lo could do it as well.

jerdixie   May 31st, 2010 5:27 pm ET

I am very happy with the outcome of American Idol. Quite frankly, I would have been happy with Lee or Crystal as the winner. Both are great singers and both will have great careers, IMO. But, I cheered for Lee all season. I just love the growl in his voice, love what I call his "Paul McCartney" eyes, and love his quiet humble personality. I downloaded his songs and am enjoying listening to every one. He sounds even better on the studio version of the songs. Just amazing! And for anyone who hasn't, go download his and Crystal's duet of Falling Slowly on ITunes. Its absolutely amazing and beautiful!!

As for who should take Simon's place, whoever it is could make or break the show. I loved Harry Connick Jr as a mentor. I mean, he did everything – gave them advise, arranged their songs, and directed the band. He is multi-talented and his a mean sense of humor. I think he'd be a perfect replacement for Simon. Only other person I could think of was David Foster, but doubt he'd do it. DEFINITELY not Howard Stern or my AI days are over.

Jan from Texas

jerdixie   May 31st, 2010 5:33 pm ET

Question For Lee:

Do you hope to write most of the songs on your upcoming CD? Do all the songs you write come from your personal experiences and will you write songs while on tour? I can understand where the lyrics to a song come from, but do you come up with or "hear" the music for a particular song first? Or do the lyrics prompt a certain sound in your head? I think I might could come up with lyrics, but the way. I find that fascinating in writing songs.

Can't wait for your CD.

Jan from TX

Lu McDonald   May 31st, 2010 9:10 pm ET

I think Sharon Osbourne would be good for Idol.
She was able to keep Ozzie in the limelight for all these years and she has the resume to fit the job and the attitude to tell it like it is but with a gentler approach, if that's a plus.
Also, being a Brit, she is less likely to care about upsetting the Idol american fans and will not let their reactions change her dedication to the best outcome.

She's one awesome lady.

Lu McDonald

Cindy   May 31st, 2010 9:29 pm ET

@Lu McDonald,
I thought of Sharon as well. I would like to see her replace Kara rather than Simon.

f   May 31st, 2010 10:39 pm ET

WHO CARES!! take the dumb show OFF THE AIR!! the show & judges are terrible...

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 1st, 2010 4:27 am ET

I thought I heard Aretha Franklin say on Entertainment Tonight quite recently, that she wouldn't mind getting a call to be a judge on Idol.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 1st, 2010 4:29 am ET

Good Luck in their search for a replacement idol judge.

Hugh in California   June 1st, 2010 12:43 pm ET

No one can replace Simon - thank goodness for that!

Donna   June 9th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

I think Sir Elton John or Sir Paul McCartney would be excellent replacements for Simon Cowell. There should be a musical icon in the hot seat and those two I just mentioned are two of the finest...for sure.Just something to think about.

Donna   June 9th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

I think that Sharon Osborne would also be an outstanding contender for the "Hot Seat"
on the American Idol panel of judges

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