EXCLUSIVE! Former 'American Idol' Contestants Fight Back, Say Show Isn't Over Yet!

Sun, August 15, 2010 4:21pm EDT by Add first Comment

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The Season 9 contestants react to the shift in the judging panel but remain sure the show will go on!

Next season’s judging panel for American Idol may be up in the air, with Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi out, rumored to be replaced by names including Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Jessica Simpson, but last season’s contestants feel like the show will go on no matter what! Former contestant Lee DeWyze told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “I don’t think anyone is going to ruin the show, the show is going to be successful as long as people are doing there own thing and not trying to copy anyone else, they’ll be fine.” And everyone else seems to agree!

Michael Lynche echoed Lee’s statement, saying, “Well I think this season coming up has a chance to be really special because its going to be so new, I think people are going to be very interested to see who these judges are and how they are going to interact and mesh. It’s going to be a great year. I think it will be a great year. Just like last year with all the rumors that Paula wasn’t going to be there and that it was going to be Simon’s last year.”

As for how big of an impact Simon’s departure will have, Katie Stevens told us, “Well Simon did play a big role but I think a lot of people will watch to see the different dynamic to see how it is going to be, and I think if they have a couple judges that they are talking about then they are not going to have an issue. A lot of things for the show are going to change but I think people are going to watch because they are going to be interested to see what happens.”

Among the celebs former contestants hope to see take over the judges chairs, Didi Benami picked Jennifer Lopez while Katie called the possibility of having Elton John be a judge, “awesome!”

What do you think HollywoodLifers, will Idol stand a chance with the new judging panel?

-reporting by Russ Weakland

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