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Why American Idol Needs Howard Stern

Stern On Monday, Simon Cowell announced that he will be leaving American Idol at the conclusion of this season. Cowell has been threatening to leave Idol for some time now and quite frankly, his timing may be spot on. It may appear as if the show is at a crossroads. It was only months ago that Idol announced the departure of resident wackadoo, Paula Abdul; Only to replace her with the completely inappropriate Ellen Degeneres.

 CowellBIG1611_468x5101 Cowell has been a staple on American Idol since it's debut in 2002. He is best known for his incredibly sexy pectoral muscles. "Mr. Mean" is also known for his often brutally honest and sometimes harsh criticism of Idol contestants. With Cowell's departure imminent, the producers of American Idol will need to carefully choose a successor to fill the void. Some naysayers might be quick to conclude that the show is destined to crumble without the "Nasty Nemesis". I on the other hand, couldn't disagree more. It's obvious that the "Cowell Scowl" has been integral to the show's success. However, the "Nasty One" is not irreplaceable. What is irreplaceable, is Mr. Cowell's persona. You see, "Simon The Terrible", is merely playing a role. He is an intimidatingly offensive, yet honest personality. This fits in perfectly with the other role players on the show. Randy Jackson is a kind, soft hearted, lovable personality (Read: Pussy). Kara DioGuardi is tough (Read: Bitch) but she's obviously there because she has merit and brings credibility to the ensemble. Ellen Degeneres is not nearly the train wreck Ms. Abdul was (Read: Drunk) but she will no doubt, provide some level of comedic interaction.

175614__stern_l By taking the "Sinister Simon" out of the mix, you clearly lack the role of Villain. Enter, the King of all media, Howard Stern. American Idol producers can search all they want but they will never find a replacement nearly as intriguing as Mr. Stern. Not only is he not afraid to speak the truth but he is already clearly versed in the role of the villain. As a matter of fact, who in the last three decades has been more vilified in the eyes of the media, than Howard Stern? Politicians have shunned him. The conservative Christians despise him and the FCC practically banished him from the airwaves. But no one is more outspoken and charismatic than the infamous "Shock Jock".

Just imagine the awkward sexual tension that would exist between Stern and DioGuardi. Stern, who has long been making a living by exploiting  lesbians, will instantly be drawn to Ms Degeneres, perhaps the most visible lesbian celebrity in Hollywood. Who better to put Randy Jackson on the spot when he's obviously letting a contestant off the hook too easy? And don't tell me you wouldn't pay to see Ryan Seacrest sweat it out, week after week, absorbing a barrage of sexually inappropriate, questions from his Royal Highness.

Stern has a tendency to come off as obtuse, inappropriate and crass at times but he also has a keen sensibility for reading people, a deep connection to music and a sharp sense of timing. Almost two decades ago, Stern took the mainstream, television viewing audience by storm, when he appeared as Fartman on the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. He'll forever be enshrined in the Pop Culture Hall Of Fame for that stunt, as well as the impact he's had on radio.

The question for Mr Stern is: Are you ready for an encore?

Even more importantly, is the question for the producers of American Idol: Do you have the balls?

As I write this, Howard Stern is playing audio clips of local newscasters discussing the possibility of him taking over for Simon. He's also talking about how if he were a judge, he'd tell the band how shitty they sound. The pieces are starting to fall into place.

Only time will tell...

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tonya

Please please please PLEASE! this would so make AI watchable again.

Anastasia

I would actually sign back up for cable TV were this absolutely genius merger to occur. This is the best idea EVER.

ljpock

I do not watch Idol but would start if Stern were to join the show.

Nobody

I hate AI, but might watch it if Howard was on.

He did say on the air this morning that he doesn't want the job, but who knows? His contract with Sirius is up in a year, and he's said often he's tired of doing 5 hours a day of radio.

JellyBean

I hear Conan O'Brien may be available soon.

MayoPie

Brilliant. I couldn't agree more. You may have picked the one guy that would create enough buzz to actually increase the ratings. But the question is really whether or not the show will survive the lack of sexy man muscles on the judging panel. I've not seen Howard with his shirt off, but I think we can all assume his boobs are nowhere near as sexy as Simon's. Wow, is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

Sweetney

I demand you recap AI. Don't make me come over there.

martymankins

I heard Stern on the air this Tuesday talking about this. I agree that Howard would make a great judge. He will be honest and upfront and not hide behind any dumbassery.

Great post.

Out-Numbered

Yeah this would be pretty awesome. You never know. Fox is a pretty progressive network when it comes to programming. They might approach him. Howard has been talking about it for a couple of days now. His only reservation usually, is doing something that's already been done before. We'll see. One can dream. I'll stay on top of it...

Sabreena

I have never watched American Idol other than clips of the auditions played by The Soup on E!. I am one of the few people who never cared about the show, but if they could get Stern I can say for sure that me and my husband would totally watch. He would be especially great during the audition period when all of the kooks come out. This would be an excellent move and give the show a much needed boost. Imagine all of the new viewers they would pick up when Stern's fans come out to support him as they always do.

Elizabeth

I just have one thing to say about last night's American Idol:

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Looking like a fool with ya pants on the ground!

General Larry Platt already has a Facebook fan page with over 4300 friends, including me, because that was AWESOME.

Out-Numbered

I watched Boston last night on DVR and I wept at least 3x. I need to do ATL tonight. I'm behind. Sounds hysterical. And what's up with Posh? She looks like a china doll.

Knucklehead

That is a brilliant idea. I think the show will be worse off without Simon, but Stern would be interesting. You're right, though, they'll need a bad guy.

I've watched the first two episodes this season, and the show is WAY better without Paula Abdul. How Ellen will fare is to be seen (I think she'll be very good), but Paula's departure was addition by subtraction.

Knucklehead

That is a brilliant idea. I think the show will be worse off without Simon, but Stern would be interesting. You're right, though, they'll need a bad guy.

I've watched the first two episodes this season, and the show is WAY better without Paula Abdul. How Ellen will fare is to be seen (I think she'll be very good), but Paula's departure was addition by subtraction.

demario17@hotmail.com

Worst Idea Ever! This would never work. You are forgetting that many watch idol just for Simon. Women love this guy. Stern is great for radio but have you ever actually seen him! He's butt ugly. The guy is like 6'6 with a huge nose and long oily hair. Housewives would be disgusted and stop watching the show.

Ted Bell

Horrible idea. Not only is Howard too lazy to travel, the ratings would sink faster than the Titanic. Only a complete retard would even think of such an idea.




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