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Is The Cat Out Of The Bag? Ryan Seacrest May Replace Simon Cowell As A Judge On ‘American Idol’!

Wed, May 19, 2010 8:15pm EDT by HL Intern 3 Comments
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Simon Cowell let it slip that his pal Ryan may be making a move from host to judge on Fox’s smash hit show!

We’ve heard Harry Connick Jr., Howard Stern and even Justin Bieber as suggestions for Simon Cowell’s coveted Idol throne — but after hearing the cranky British judge’s latest ‘oops’ comment, we think current Idol host Ryan Seacrest may just be his replacement!

While hanging out backstage with his latest Brit boy band, JLS, on the CBS lot of Idol May 18,  Simon, 50, asked Ryan to judge the group’s talent. “If this was an audition for what possibly could happen with you on the show next year,” Simon started, finishing, “We spoke about this!”

Whoa. Could this actually happen? We think it would be a great idea all around. Fox already has Ryan, 35, signed to a contract, people are familiar with him on the show and respect his opinion. So many people have wanted a replacement for Simon’s brutal honesty, but maybe it’s smarter to get someone who is completely opposite — who knows what he’s talking about but still makes the contestants feel good about themselves. And who better to do that than Ryan Seacrest?

— Russell Weakland

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