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For a minute there, it looked like the new judges' table was locked in: Steven Tyler
and Jennifer Lopez
would join Randy Jackson. But it was widely reported yesterday that J. Lo's demands had gotten "out of hand
," and that she was out of the running for the gig. (Note to J. Lo: Nobody under the age of 18 even knows why
you're famous.) And still no confirmation on Tyler. So let's examine the field of potential candidates, shall we?
Cons: Loose cannon. Remember when he tried to break up Aerosmith last year? No? Well, it happened
Likelihood: Pretty strong. He told a reporter
he had the gig a week ago, and Idol
is probably just waiting to make the announcement until all its ducks are in a row.
Cons: Insane outfits. Actually, scratch that. Insane outfits belong on the 'pro' side.
Likelihood: Below average. Husband Nick Cannon told reporters
that she's interested in the job. But she doesn't seem to have been among FOX's initial leading candidates.
Cons: Could this guy be more satisfied with himself? The only thing he seems to have learned from his near-death experience
is that there's only so much time in this world to become as obnoxiously famous as possible.
Likelihood: Below average. If Tyler's in, it's unlikely that Michaels would also be in -- only room for one white rock dude from the 80s at the table, one would think.
Cons: But does he have the star power in 2010?
Likelihood: Tough call. That he was mentioned early on is encouraging. But it kind of feels like he's a backup choice at this point.
Pros: America loves celebrity weight fluctuations! Also, what else is she doing? Nothing!
Cons: Doesn't actually know anything about music.
Likelihood: Decent. You know FOX wants a cute ditz on the panel, and she's the best around.
Pros: Capable of being as ruthless as Simon.
Cons: Too mean? Too old?
Likelihood: Decent. We know Idol
's been in talks with Stern
going back to the beginning of this year. But the guy has a $500 million contract; hard to negotiate with a guy like that.
My vote: How about doing a pupil-becomes-the-teacher type of deal and bringing back Kelly Clarkson
? Or even my boy Taylor Hicks
, who is at Knuckleheads this Saturday
We'll keep you posted here on the Wayward, your number-one source for Idol speculation.