The 2014 American Idol Judges Dream Team

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Word is out that Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey may all be gone next year. Ratings have been dropping every year, even though they’ve brought in the big celebrities commanding insane salaries. Fox realizes it’s time shake things up and The Wrap reports that all of the judges will be replaced.

Why has American Idol gotten stale? It’s a no-brainer. Idol was never the same after Simon Cowell left. Remember all those years ago when American Idol was new? All the commotion was about that rude British guy who was brutally honest. If a singer stunk, Simon let ‘em have it. But now all we get are wuss judges who just want to give everyone a hug and medal for effort.

I lost interest in the show soon after Simon left. Look at the ratings. You did too. If American Idol wants to pull us back, they’ve got to get back to what made them unique: honesty with attitude! Here is the recipe. These are the judges you need to put behind the desk next season.

Simon Cowell

OK it won’t happen. But if it did, Idol would be back on my DVR every week. If you’re in the Top 10, you wouldn’t dare to suck if Simon was back behind that desk. This year’s finalists probably make William Hung think he just chose the wrong year to audition.


Toby Keith

You think Toby would worry about hurting a bad singer’s feelings? ‘Nuff said. Would Toby do it? Doubt it. But it’d be freakin’ awesome.


Kelly Clarkson

Again, Fox would have to cut a huge check to make this happen. But how important is it to them to keep this franchise alive? Why not bring back the original Idol? She has sold millions of records. And she’s REAL! Kelly stands up for what she believes in, whether it’s popular or not.


Jimmy Iovine

Since we can’t have Simon, we need the next best thing. The only one on the show that makes any sense in their analysis is Jimmy. He’s not as witty as Simon. He’s not as interesting. But he’s brutally honest.

That’s the American Idol dream team of judges. You reading Fox? This is your last chance. Otherwise, you’ll be lower in the ratings than Celebrity Diving.

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