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Top 10 American Idol Judge List

August 23, 2010 09:21 AM by Vaughn Alaine-Marshall

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With Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres not returning to American Idol next season the million dollar question is: who will fill the final two spots as American Idol Judge.

The buzz on the internet surrounds Jennifer Lopez, Shania Twain and Steve Tyler being the top contenders. Rumors are that Jennifer Lopez has run herself out the race with her “diva” demands. According to insider sources J-Lo’s demands, “got out of hand”. Nigel Lythgoe, who’s returning to American Idol as an executive producer defends Jennifer Lopez. “Everyone knows she’s a good actress but (sic) I’ve never seen her act as a diva,” Nigel said. Nigel said he would be happy to see Paula Abdul back. This is the perfect opportunity to bring in new people not go back to the past.

Everyone wants to know who will be the next American Idol… judges. I can see it now. Ryan Seacrest standing on the stage with the final 10 contestants of American Idol judges – suspense is high. Who will be crowned the next American Idol Judges?

Here is an alternative Top 10 American Idol Judges List:

Julie Andrews
Everyone remembers the wonderful classics of “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”. Julie Andrews’ solid experience in the music industry and in Hollywood would knock every other contender out of the park. Andrews would bring a sense of class to American Idol and understands what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry.

Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne single-handedly took Ozzy from Heavy Metal icon to mainstream celebrity. She also has been credited with resurrecting his music career. Sharon Osbourne also has plenty of experience as a judge in UK’s X Factor and America’s Got Talent.

Kathy Griffin
Kathy’s “no holds bar attitude” makes her a perfect candidate for an American Idol judging spot. Her ability to polarize people as well as making them laugh might just be the ingredient American Idol needs to boost ratings. Having Kathy Griffin as a judge would be the only reason to bring back Paula Abdul. But would this compromise her life on the “D” list?

Taylor Swift
Swift is a gifted musician who would relate well to all of the young Idol’s. She would be the youngest ever Idol judge – that in itself would be controversial. Would Swift have enough experience to be able to hold her own as an American Idol judge? Her grace under fire when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at the MTV Music Awards, is a testament to her maturity.

Billy Joel
The Piano Man has seen the ups and downs of the music industry and is still relevant today as he ever was. With such an accomplished career Billy Joel is musical royalty. He would fit perfectly into the Idol judge role.

Lady Ga Ga
Lady Gaga has affirmed her place within popular culture with her unique style in fashion and music. The current “It” girl in the music industry would definitely be a great choice as an Idol judge. Lady Gaga would bring a theatrical element to the show that’s currently missing. Importantly Lady Gaga commands respect with the youth of today.

Whitney Houston
Whitney has struggled with reviving her singing career, so an opportunity to judge on American Idol would put her back in the spotlight and give her a chance to shine again. Whitney Houston was a powerhouse singer of the 80’s and as a singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, film producer and model, she has all the credentials needed to be a great American Idol judge.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has to be the hottest guy on the planet right now! It would be a coup to get Bieber on the judging panel – ratings would go through the roof. Twitter had to change the algorithm just to stop Justin Bieber from being a non-stop Twitter trend. Bieber Fever has taken over the planet! Will Bieber’s army of die hard fans get the same idea and start a social media push to get Justin Bieber on American Idol?

Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey’s husband, says he doesn’t know if Mariah has enough time to judge on Idol but if they could work with her schedule she would love to do it. Putting your hand up to say you would be happy to do the job without sounding too desperate is the best strategy. According to sources on the web Mariah is already in talks to be the next Simon Cowell. Mariah Carey, a self-confessed diva, might have a few diva demands of her own. Will she let that get in her way of her dream job?

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is the most successful recording artist of all time recording 63 albums. Her career has spanned half a  century with singing, acting and directing under her belt. Streisand would be the perfect replacement for Simon. She expresses her opinion without any fear or favor.

It’s time that the TV executives gave the judging panel a huge makeover and look at different options. This Top 10 American Idol judges list has fresh ideas to breathe new life into the show.

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About the author:
Vaughn Alaine-Marshall is the author of the reality-based novel Überstar. Born in Sydney, Australia, Vaughn is a chiropractor who put a career in private practice on hold after four-and-a-half days to co-found the international publishing firm Hendlin Books. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Vaughn is bringing the vision of his firm’s two namesakes – Jimi Hendrix (HEND-) and Charlie Chaplin (-LIN) – into the publishing world. Vaughn’s debut novel, Überstar, is a groundbreaking exploration of reality-television as told by insider sources from the world’s biggest reality shows. For more information www.uberstarthebook.com.

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