February 19th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Simon Cowell speaks on the future of 'Idol'

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Simon Cowell said he honestly has no idea who will replace him on “American Idol” after this year, but he has some thoughts.

During a conference call on Thursday, the departing judge said whoever fills his seat needs to have knowledge and not just the ability to be critical.

“I think over the years judges have been replaced by personalities,” said Cowell, who also jokingly said his replacement needs to be very handsome. “That in the long term will create problems because you’ve got to be able to spot a star. So whoever replaces me, my advice has always been, find somebody who actually knows what they are talking about and has actually experienced success in the music business.”

Cowell said was fairly certain that - despite rumors and reports to the contrary - Howard Stern has not been approached for the gig. The bristly Brit said he thought Stern had been pretty savvy with his approach – talking about the job on his radio show – but lacks the musical knowledge and background.

One person Cowell said he thought would be funny in the role is gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

“He’s got a good taste in music,” Cowell said. “He’s a personality. I mean, that could work.”

Cowell also addressed talk that he and new judge Ellen DeGeneres have been butting heads. He denied a report that he showed up an hour late for filming (it was more like 15 or 20 minutes, and because of a press conference, he said) and incurred the wrath of the talk show host.

Cowell said DeGeneres started judging during Hollywood week, which was tough, and he was there to offer his assistance.

“There was no fallout,” he said of his tardy arrival. “I was trying to guide her through the week and that was about it, really.”

He took pains to make it clear that his statement that “this person, specifically, has got to have a lot of experience in the music industry,” in reference to his replacement, was not a dig at DeGeneres – whom he praised.

“She’s very responsible for people she has performing on her own show, she loves music and she’s been an artist.”

Cowell said he does miss his buddy Paula Abdul.

“She was somebody I just got very close to over the years,” he said. “We’d hang out after the show and she always made me laugh. She was very funny.”

Cowell told HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” anchor Brooke Anderson that, so far, no one who has approached him personally about filling his role is a serious contender.

“I’ve got a couple of calls, but they were really quite boring people who never stood a chance,” he said.

This year could see a woman emerge victorious as the “American Idol” said Simon, who added that he wouldn’t mind “finding the next Taylor Swift.”

He also would love to snag a female artist of the moment as a mentor this season.

“I think we should have Lady Gaga because she is the most relevant pop artist in the world right now,” Cowell said. “And I’ve met her, she’s very smart.”

"Showbiz Tonight" will have more on Simon and his revelations on Friday's show, 11 p.m. ET on HLN.

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  1. bill

    put on stand, Dr.Phil

    June 16, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    David Foster–he's the only sensible suggestion so far. He knows the music business, and he knows talent when he hears it. The only variable is will he have an on-air presence large enough to fill Simon's shoes?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Simon says his replacement needs to have had success in the music industry, then goes onto say Perez Hilton is a good choice? I'm not following his logic there.

    In response to Stern– (I'm biased because I like Stern) Howard said this morning that he knows when to turn off his inappropriate comments for the right platform, understands it is a family show and would act accordingly.

    Stern may not be a music insider who can "spot music stars," but based on the winners that show has produced who actually went on to become successful (besides Clarkson and Underwood) they're about as good at finding talent as Diddy is at "making da band."

    February 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Susan

    David Foster to me is the perfect choice.

    Also, while I think Ellen is great on her own TV show, she was the wrong choice for American Idol. She does not have the music background that qualifies her to be a judge. Bring back Paula Abdul or replace with someone who is a credible judge.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kelli

    God NO on Perez Hilton. he is a total waste of fame. I think Ellen is doing O.K. but still reserving judgement as she hasn't really been on that much. also I think she is the perfect balance (or someone like her) as long as there are at least 2 judges in the music industry. I think Ellen – although way more knowledgeable than most of us viewers – brings an opinion that is a little closer to ours and since we are the ones voting I feel that's great.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rose

    MIck Jagger or Eric Clapton

    February 22, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. terra

    Sterling Koerpel. Maybe she's unknown globally but she has seasoned ears for music, degree, experience. is street-wise. Whatever you do, please please choose someone who "is" the music.

    February 22, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. JL

    Paul McCartney or Gene Simmons....

    February 22, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    Elton John would be perfect!!! He's a Brit, a bitch and knows music! What's not appealing about that?? Plus he's FAB ulous!! I can just imagine all the costumes! I love Ellen, but they should bring Paula back!

    February 22, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ida of Philippines

    I loved Simon and Paula together in AI. I also love Ellen but not in AI...

    February 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sonya

    In a way Simon is the show. People tune in to hear what he is going to say just as much as they do to watch competition and hear the singing. I'm fairly certain the show will be doomed once Simon is gone.

    Also, Howard Stern is a quite disgusting person and it would be a huge mistake to use him as a replacement for Simon. Let me guess, he will only have nice things to say about the blondes who he will have sitting on his lap and leaning over to expose there cleavage, etc. etc. All of the blonds with big breasts will make it to Hollywood no matter how bad they sound and all of the guys will be axed. Girls will be asked to take off their tops and he'll feel their breasts before they can give their audition! Sorry Stern, the show is called American Idol not American Sleaze! Why don't you go judge a porno competition for the biggest, fakest onscreen breasts!!

    February 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vechron

    You hire Howard Stern and your going to bring about 16 million viewers to the show(99% of his satellite audience and the 10 million who didn't hop over when he made the change to satellite). For those of you who don't know, when David Letterman was losing in the ratings against Leno, Letterman brought Stern in and ALWAYS took Leno on those days.

    For the record, Cowell knows nothing about American music; his only hits were overseas and his influence and knowledge here musically are almost nil.

    February 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    No one. AI will be over, no one can replace Simon. Show will be canceled within a year. It was good while it lasted but Simon IS AI. No one can step in his shoes. Any smart alec Brit could try, but they don't have Simon's X factor. I hate it, but that's it for the show. The only hope will be if they manage to woo him back with a b-hole load of money. That will be the only thing to save the show. Paula was an idiot and she won't be missed, but Simon. Come on. It's over.

    February 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheSpaLife88

    ...if they ever approach howie mandell for a shot at it, i think it could bide them time until they make their final choice

    February 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Will watch Idol if...

    While Conan was the first to come to my mind, could see Joan Rivers, possibly Robin Leach (although he is a bit older but has a British accent), and I hear Leno's Kevin Eubanks wants out, or the wannabe Brit Madonna. Isn't Jeff Probst possibly leaving Survivor?

    February 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Joseph Rizzo

    I never watched the show, except for occasional spots and the Susan Boyle discovery, largely because I didn't like the concept of having someone with no particular talent or expertise judge performers. Simon Cowell struck me as an outrageous arrogant man, but his persona obviously worked for him. I think a replacement should be someone with certifiable talent and experience, not a huckster. Why not rotate judges and call upon a well-known performer or director each time? Say, Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera, Julie Andrews, Smokey Robinson, and so forth? (I can't think of other names, but there are many from Hollywood and Broadway and TV.)

    February 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. just kidding...

    I heard Conan O'Brien was looking for a job....

    February 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. juice nelly

    piers morgan no... howard stern YES

    American idol is terrible right now, they need a spark to get it going. Id get rid of randy ellen and kara, id keep simon and bring in stern. Stern and simon would be awesome together

    Do the right thing a.i and hire the man howard stern

    February 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Eric

    Dude! Conan would be perfect. He's funny. Talented. Intelligent....and available.

    February 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jps

    I don't know if all of the rumours about Gene Simmons are true or not, but he may attempt to become romantically involved with every female contestant. While entertaining, this may not be in anyone's best interest.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Emily

    What would be the piont for Lady Gaga to be a judge?
    She'd steal the show with her outfits?
    Plus I'd stop watching.
    How about some other producer with a attiude?

    February 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  22. trant

    american idol is about Simon, Paula tshe contestant

    February 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. DB

    Betty White for the win!

    February 21, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Seriously

    Seriously, Perez? The bottomfeeder who has tagged onto the skirttails of anyone famous just to get his name out there?

    February 21, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  25. Tom

    I think either Dennis Rodman or Ru Paul is a better choice.

    February 21, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. Not a fam

    Have always watched the show..............will never turn it on if Howard Stern is on the judging panel. The show needs to focus less on the drama and more on the music and singing. I am losing interest already because there is so much focus on trivial drama. Stick to the singing.

    February 21, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. Leslie

    I think Cher would be a cool choice too

    February 21, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  28. Leslie

    I think Jack Black might be a good possibility, although, he is not quite as sophisticated

    February 21, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  29. deepwater

    I think that Andrea Fay Friedman from "The Family Guy" whose having a spat with Palin should get the job.

    February 21, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. Matt

    How about a monkey? Just put a t-shirt on him and you'll have Simon's replacement. After this season the ratings will drop and the show will be canceled within one or two more seasons. The X-Factor will probably take Idol's place.

    Anytime a program starts changing personalities or adds Heather Locklear it's doomed. They don't need another judge, they need to change the format instead.

    February 21, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. Brandon

    Alice Cooper

    February 21, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  32. carolyn

    I really like Simon...the show will definitely not be the same. This show has had great success in part largely because of him--you just love to hate him (lol) I cannot erase the image from my mind when he saw Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent.....the man knows a great voice–no matter how the book looks on the outside. At least he is honest. and some of those contestants need to be delivered from their delusions of grandeur.

    February 21, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. Johnny Rotten

    I nominate me. Simon just a watered down version of me anyway.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jerry Doss

    I'm thinking Robert Plant and Allison Krauss

    February 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. bstill

    If I'm any measure to go by, I've not watched a minute of the show this year. When in the past I've made it a point to watch. Perhaps I'll tune in but my interest has really waned.

    February 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  36. carly

    seems to me gene simmons is looking for a gig and he's obviously getting his friends to recommend him as a judge. the only way to keep idol alive is to fire all the judges and start again.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. T Richardson

    I am sure that if the rumor is true that Howard Stearn may be on Idol, the show is doomed. He is just TRASH!!

    February 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Brian

    The only Brit who who could replace another Brit is Sharon Osbourne. She has the same personality as Simon, actually has a music backgound and knows how to build talent.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Karen

    They should pay Paula whatever it takes to get her back......Show is not the same without her!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Rick

    Might be hard to find another person with the job title of "Professional D!ck"

    February 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brian

    Personally, I don't care, because this show is responsible for unleashing a lot of BAD pop music on America, but a lot of people ripping on Stern as a possibility have never REALLY listened to his show, only hearing clips of him interviewing strippers and the like. Listen to his interviews with actors or musicians, and you'd see he would be a pretty good choice for Idol, definitely a better choice than Ellen Degeneres. Either way, I don't care, because Idol is a bad show anyhow.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  42. Mark McWane

    I think that Quincy Jones would be a fantastic addition to Idol.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  43. mike

    idol is headed down hill after simon leaves, paula needs to be on, out with ellen, she is not good for the show, it will end if stern or peres goes on .

    February 20, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  44. SolarMax

    We need a similar personality and level of expertise – Hey I know
    how about Donald Trump!!

    February 20, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  45. carleen basso

    I liked Tommy Lee on the pick a band member show and the other guy who was the lead on that show. Paul McCartney for the British flavor, although he probably couldn't mean enough

    February 20, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  46. gene

    This show is on its way out. When someone gets the" BRIGHT" idea to bring ELLEN on the panel as a judge to decide if a contestant is talanted enough to go on to the next level , time to pull the curtain down. A no talant in this field' judging a person with a possible SINGING FUTURE !!! Why don't you bring in PEE WEE Herman as your next judge .

    February 20, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  47. Mark

    I can't believe no one has mentioned Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She's got long experience as a judge with the Supremes.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  48. Ruby

    I'm really sick of all these reality shows on TV. I've never liked IDOL, period. And as for Ellen, what does she know about music? She's a talk show host for god's sake. I thought to be a judge on this show you gotta know something about music. I say, it's time for this show to say bye bye.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  49. gayle

    I think they should completely replace the whole panel
    but i don't know if Fox have the big money.

    P Diddy Sean Combs
    Jessica Simpson
    Perez Hilton
    John Mayer

    February 20, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  50. pramok

    we need some acrimonious, bitterly truthful with ears and eyes for the music as Simon – otherwise the program is goos as dead !


    February 20, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  51. Wolfe

    No one. Idol should end if Simon leaves.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  52. George

    I think I've figured out why Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol: He wants to be the next President of the United States in 2012. Just think about it; no more having to elect members of Congress. They can put on their dog and pony act in front of President Simon and his panel of judges, and hope not to get buzzed right out of office.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  53. wil

    Paris Hilton – 180 degree away from Simon

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. LAJ

    I'll take Simon's place. I've been in music most of my life (30+ years) and tend to agree with him most of the time...and I need a job!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  55. ilovebp

    I can't believe no one has mentioned the Hoff! Certainly he has to be in contention.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Tadpole

    GENE SIMMONS for sure or maybe even Kitchen Nightmare's Gordon Ramsay! Someone who is funny and has a quick wit.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Machater

    Puff Daddy, Quincy Jones and Kenny Baby Face Edmunds. Those are my choices to a lesser extent Russell Simmons.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  58. lbw

    David Foster, brilliant. The guy launched Celine Dion and Josh Groban to name two. He has worked with the best and knows not only the art but the business.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Final Decision

    ...and the Commitee has chosen....Barack Obama, he is a personality and he'll convince you of anything, as long as your music sounds like hoops in the basket.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jantsan

    It is just a show. That is why judge should be the showmen. They can make anyone a star if they want to.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. HURLEY

    The only names thrown out there that i'd watch are Quincy Jones or Elton John. Altho I like Piers Morgan – he's the most like Simon in temperment – but he isnt in the music business and thats exactly what i dont like about Ellen – i like her as a comedian but i dont like her as a talk show host or a judge of singing – and i cant stand her dancing !

    February 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Blaine

    Gene Simmons is an excellent suggestion! I can't see Howard Stern being a good fit for AI. Ted Nugent is talkative, funny and blunt enough to do the job, but I don't know that he could suffer the foolishness of it all. Piers Morgan would do a good job.

    What's Brian Dunkleman up to these days?

    February 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  63. garp

    David Geffen!

    February 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jimK

    It's funny to see all these comments on Howard Stern from people who clearly don't listen to him on the radio. He is at least as clever and biting as Simon. He has a sense for the "x-factor". And he knows musical talent when he sees it (though he can't carry a tune to save his life). Even on sirius/xm he probably swears the least of anyone–I don't think he'll have trouble moderating for "middle america".

    Let's face it, Randy and Kara do not add any value. I usually FF through their comments. How about replacing them while we're at it? Quincy Jones, Ben Folds, David Foster would each be additive.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  65. josh

    who cares, the show sucks anyway

    February 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Brandy

    I agree that Gene Simmons would be a good choice, I don't think anyone could top Simon's sharp oral insults as he does'nt have that kind of personality. But he is good judge of talent and has more charisma than Simon.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Lori

    Jon Bon Jovi... he's the man for the job. He's got the whole package and more. I'd tune in just to watch HIM! 🙂

    February 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  68. David

    How about Stewie?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Joe

    We needs someone edumakated like Georgie double-ya Bush. That would spice things up.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Bob L.

    Two Names: Alice Cooper or Gene Simmons

    February 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. reeves

    haha me too rich!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Saganhill

    Hopfully someone with an eye for talent will replace him.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. kj

    Triumph the insult comic dog.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Rich

    I was a little irked when Ellen was signed on, but never considered no longer watching the show. I can honestly say that Perez Hilton is one of the few people who would force me to abandon American Idol.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Sterling Swann

    American idol has become such a disappointment. The judges know nothing about music, as Elle D reminds us. Why not let the show die a decent death? It's over. Enough of all that groveling for a "chance".

    February 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ron

    You could ask Willy Nelson to step in ....he would probably turn the job down....never know.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Lin McKay

    With Paula gone and Simon leaving, it is time to wrap IDOL up and say good-bye. Randy has lost his spark and Kara doesn't have the great presence she had with Paula. Ellen doesn't cut it. Sorry but it is the truth.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Shooster

    I think Gene Simmons should replace Simon... not a big fan of Ellen.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Stewie

    In reading comments, it is amazing that people actually care so much about vapid television. It appears as though Milli, or perhaps, Vanilli would be the perfect fit.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Bob

    Here's an idea ... why don't they just end the show?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  81. peanut

    how does perez hilton have more personality and experience than howard stern....howard has a very broad taste in music and has been having musical acts and judging them on his show for years!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Stuart Collins

    I think "FOX" should just follow "NBC" on how to change a "Hit" show into a major nightmare!!, or just have me replace Simon, no conflict of interest, how sweet would that be!.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  83. mark

    It does not matter who replaces Simon, a next will be last for American Idol.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  84. CherylS

    How about Elton John?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Bull

    Olivia Newton-John or Gloria Estefan .

    February 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Beverly Murphy

    PLEASE, DO NOT bring on Howard Stern. I will never be able to watch the show again. I hope this is nothing but rumor. This guy, uuuuuhhhh,
    I cannot even express the disgust I feel just hearing his name.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. John Wayne

    How about Mike Tyson replacing Simon Cowell..LOL

    February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Joe

    I think Abe Vigoda would be a good choice.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Raymond

    I wold like to see Brandy replace Simon. When she was a guess judge a couple of years ago, she was MARVELOUS. So I think with her knowledge of music and her personality, she would fit in fine.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. SwamiTommy

    I second that for Paul McCartney – he knows music, and he wouldn't strictly be rock (like Gene Simmons). I'm not sure how 'critical' he could be though – he may be too nice! But so far, I vote for Paul.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bridget

    I think the show is done

    February 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Beverly Murphy

    I HATE to see Simon go. He is one of a kind. I really wish he would stay and I am concerned that the show may loose some of its appeal. He is such a personality and will be missed.
    I wondered in the beginning how Ellen would fit into "scene" on Idol, I have always liked her. Now that I have seen her on the show, I think she is wonderful and a great choice. I was so happy for that.
    I LOVE THE HOLE CAST OF CHARTERS that are currently there and wish it to stay the way that it is.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Kate

    David Foster or Piers Morgan

    February 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Charles

    Perez Hilton?? Ugh. I would honestly stop watching if he were a judge.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Bob

    Stern has been in radio for how many years? And yet Simon still says he lacks the musical knowledge and background?!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Elaine Connelly

    Oh come on, Howard Stern. He is a disgusting piece of human flesh. As for Ellen Degeneres she is a hostess of a talk show, she has no musical talent, no experience in the music business.
    American Idol has gone downhill like a sled full of iron shoes.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Sherry

    I think Stern would be better than most imagine he would be...as long as he could remain "G" rated (that's the worry.) Gene Simmons would work too....but someone said Paul McCartney...NOOO! He wouldn't do it and if he did...yuck...NOT my fav Beatle. It just might be the best replacement is an unknown, behind-the-scenes music exec (who knew Simon before AI?)

    February 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Arlene

    Here is my short list of judges: Dog the Bounty Hunter, Charlie Sheen, Tony Danza, Joe Jackson. Sad that Simon is leaving. Although, I like Ellen, the jokes are a little dry. But she looked extra butchy Wedsnesday....YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Ed

    I think we need a really strong judge....I think Judge Judy would be perfect – she's the ultimate judge and she doesn't take people's crap.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  100. mark

    Replace Simon with Suzi Quatro and as a mentor this year.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Big Bub

    I hope the people of 'Idol' consider Jamie Fox, of all the talented guest artists his input was most ginuine. The contestants if they took his feedback were most to improve. I think he knows what he is talking about and would make a belivable judge. You need a judge with knowledge.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Sean

    I think they would do well by going with me. I am even more discerning than Simon, and I am certainly more entertaining than any of the judges, save Ellen.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  103. realitychick

    What about Richard Branson? Music Executive, media savvy and a Brit?

    February 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  104. AP

    Sanjaya Malakar.......yesssss!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Cookie

    I think David Foster would be a great replacement for Simon.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  106. nicks

    the only replacement, if was still alive, would be Frank Zappa

    February 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Cookie

    Howard Stern on anything on Radio or TV = Me not watching EVER!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  108. hemusbull

    Nine seasons is long enough – plug it off the same way as many other shows like Seinfeld, Friends and so on... That will be the best for both sides – creators and spectators. Amin!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  109. nobody

    Ellen has been a real letdown. It is really a bad choice to make a funny person seem serious. Ever time she is on camera, it is hard to watch. This just doesn't mix well for Ellen's fans or for the fans of American Idol. What was Fox thinking? This is as big a mistake as when NBC got rid of conan. TV execs should get a clue and stop ruining shows.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Cookie Plona

    I would like David Foster to replace Simon. He probably is too busy but he does know the music biz.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Dave

    I'm thinking... David Foster!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Matt

    Paul McCartney is a fantastic artist but the guy could never be honest, you need someone who is not afraid of being hated because of their opinion. There's no one better at that than Howard Stern. People have to realize he talks for 5-6 hours a day, maybe 20 minutes of his show would be considered indecent if it were on television. The rest of the time he's just a normal guy.......who likes American Idol......and chess......okay, maybe not normal but a great fit none the less.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Dottie

    I have stopped watching since they put Ellen on.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Kevin

    With the listening public getting younger and younger each season, they need to find someone who gets the new generation of listeners and watchers. I personally do not like the choice of Ellen so I can imagine the next choice won't thrill me either!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Lynda

    I think David Foster would be perfect – and even better than Simon! I saw him on the David Foster & Friends PBS special and he mentioned that in recent years he has enjoyed fostering new talent (no pun intended)!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Buznic

    Stephen Hawking or John McCain would be great!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  118. zax

    Quincy Jones would be respectable.
    thats what the show has to retain. a respectable opinion.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  119. artan

    how about Me?!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Mary

    LOVE the idea of Quincy Jones.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Beth

    OMG Perez Hilton!!! Surely Simon was kidding...this guy is such a joke and obnoxious on top of that! I don't care one bit that he's gay...that has nothing to do w/his personality...it is awful!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  122. chris

    I think Paul McCartney would be great. Talk about a successful musician and how his music changed with the times. I think he would be great. Plus, having another Brit on the show would keep up that sense of sophistication I always feel when listening to their accents.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Eunice Ervin

    Simon and Paula made the show. We or at least I know I will follow him to the X show. Get rid of Ellen.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Mike

    and.. Isn't Simon going to promote an American verision of another European music talent show? The crowd will flock to the new show – we all so fickle.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mike

    Good choice for Simmons. Now there's a musically talented person. Or maybe someone from the country set. Gene is definately rock, It would be an interesting to have mixed genre judges. Most times what a judge likes is as much about taste as talent. Of course what do we know about what Gene listens to when no one is looking...

    February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  126. AndyB

    I think people are missing the fact that the Howard Stern you get on SiriusXM and formerly over the airwaves is mostly an act. The Howard Stern you'd get on American Idol would not be the same Howard Stern you get on the radio.

    Most folks who have met Howard report that he's in fact a seriously nice guy. He's thoughtful and intelligent. Having been a DJ for the majority of his life, he's been around Music more than most and definitely has solid opinions on what is good and what sells. I think he'd make an excellent judge for the show.

    Only problems I see is that SiriusXM would lose him and that would suck. Not to mention his presence would still not be enough for me to watch American Idol.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Regbub

    Paula can replace Simon and Sharon Osborne can replace Ellen. I love Ellen but she is awful on the show.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Chucklehead

    It's gotta be Gary. Gary Coleman. Give him a phone book and a wardrobe allowance and he's good to go. He can make a career and we can save one.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Dave

    I agree with those who think Gene Simmons would be a good fit.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  130. kim

    Our family consensus – Gene Simons. Very knowledgable about the music industry. Has launched many peoples careers. And could be entertaining as a judge

    February 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Peggy

    Gene Simmons would be an excellent choice! I will never stop watching; it may change a little every year but the talent and personalities of the contestants is always different, never boring. I absolutely love the show and would love to see Gene Simmons replace Simon!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Jim

    Let America choose the next judge. Three contestants, three shows. America...you decide. Oh, and get rid of Ellen while you're at it. Bring back Twain.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Jim

    I believe that when Simon leaves, the show will follow within 2 seasons

    February 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  134. TinLV

    If Piers Morgan takes Simon place, that will be the end of me watching the show. Or Howard Stern. Simon's annoying and sometimes he's a jerk, but he's go nothing on those two. Ratings would plummet.
    I really think it should be someone with a strong background in music, either a singer,a producer or a record company executive. Quincy Jones, Mutt Lange, Clive Davis are all names that leap to mind. I know it will be a man because there are already two women, so Shania Twain won't be considered. She was great as a guest judge, though.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Patrick

    I think the show has run its course. Time to call it a day and just end.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Mike

    Yoko Ono?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Linda

    Gene Simmons. He knows the music business, has auditioned talent before, is funny, out spoken and charming.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Mike

    Who cares. Ever since Ellen got on I am no longer interested. Her musical background is in what" My dog could be a better judge.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Terry

    Get Adam Lambert!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jim

    Stern's business is the shock business. He has mastered both plugged and unplugged radio. I think he would be a good guest at first. If America likes him...there you go.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Rikkerbuddy

    I think Stern would be the perfect match – he is loved or hated it would create excellent entertainment and water cooler talk. He has more musical experience then most of the Judges – he has been in radio and intorduced many bands and can spot musical talent. I think Simon is the best and no one could fill his shoes – but I think Stern would be the best fit.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  142. KillaHz

    I think the Cookie Monster should do fine, and probably would do a much better job than Simon. Simon says ,, never liked that game.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Faithful Viewer

    It will be the end of Idol – I'm looking forward to X Factor
    coming to America. It's a great show and will be even better
    than Idol.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Stewart

    I think that the show is doomed no matter who they get to replace him. The show was only successful because of Simon and his British wit. The format this year has been pretty dull so far. If they actually did get Perez Hilton that would definitely be the end as far as I'm concerned.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Kevin

    Gene Simmons, Ozzy or Cyndi Lauper.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Rob

    It will be very difficult to replace Simon. In my opinion he is the face of American Idol. The show will not be the same without him. I do not think Howard Stern would be a good fit for Idol. Stern is too perverse and crude for prime time tv. I read somewhere that Simon may have approached Paula Abdul as a judge for his new show the X factor. I hope this is true because they make such a good pair.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  147. John

    He can't be replaced. I am glad he got off when he did, at least he will not have to sit with that skank.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Karlee

    Piers Morgan is the only plausible replacement in my mind.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Head Diva In Charge

    I really think someone like LA Reid or Babyface would be awesome. Great knowledge of music and have discovered their share of amazing artists.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Just a Thought

    Whoever they get, They will need to have a lot of character similar to Simon. Stern might be interesting, but I don't think america is ready for him on primetime TV.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |

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