American Idol Revamp Leaves Judges' Panel Up for Grabs

American Idol Revamp Leaves Judges' Panel Up for Grabs

We know that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will not be returning for the upcoming season of American Idol, and even Randy Jackson's status remains up in the air.

Speculation has run rampant regarding possible replacements for the latest displaced batch of judges.

The short list of names being floated includes: Charlie Sheen, Adam Lambert, Jerry Lewis, Bon Jovi, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and Mary J. Blidge. Wow!

Mariah Carey is reportedly close to signing a $17 million deal to become a judge on season 12 of American Idol.

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When husband Nick Cannon was asked recently about the possibility of his wife taking a judges spot, he remarked, “Idol can’t afford Mariah Carey.”

The host of America’s Got Talent first suggested, “If they gave JLo $20 million, they might have to double that!”

He has since upped the ante: “They want her, I know that.. but I ain’t letting her outta the house for less than $100 million. They’ve got to step up if they want that. She’s the biggest singer-songwriter in the history of music; that’s worth something.”

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is telling anyone within earshot that he would like to see either Sheen or Lewis on the panel when season 12 premieres.

The former Two and a Half Men celeb said, “If the numbers move the needle AND ‘Idol’ matches 20% of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club … then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke.”

Interestingly enough, last year Idol received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Reality Competition category but they were snubbed this year after what turned out to be a lackluster season.

Popular show host Ryan Seacrest re-signed in April for two more years so we'll definitely be seeing lots more of the modern day version of Dick Clark.

Who would you like to see on the panel if you were doing the hiring?

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