Could the King of Radio be making his way to American Idol? It seems so as Howard Stern confirmed on his Sirius Satellite radio show Monday afternoon that he is indeed being considered as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell when American Idol’s tenth season begins in 2011.
“There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f—ing karaoke contest,” Stern said. “It might be possible, we’ll see,” he said, adding: “They’d have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.”
This seems even more possible as Howard’s five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of this year. So how much does Howard need to replace Cowell? “A $100 million to judge a karaoke contest? Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million,” said Stern referring to a Fox news report that Idol would need to match his current salary.
$100 million a year salary however seems highly unlikely as even Cowell was not earning close to that.
Stern also reveals he would no longer do radio if he got the AI job, “If I do say do myself, I can’t imagine anyone else but me replacing (Cowell),” Stern said. “I mean, I don’t know. How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who’s not afraid to speak their mind?”
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The Los Angeles auditions of American Idol brought us what seemed like some serious tension between guest judge Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi. Katy even threatened to throw a Coke at Kara for singing her hit “I Kissed a Girl.”
Days later, Kara is now speaking out and making it clear all is well between the two ladies, and that the two were just joking. “People actually think that I was upset by this — like there was tension,” Kara, 39, said on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show.
“I think that it’s really good that she disagreed with me,” continued Kara. “I think that it’s important that people have different opinions or else who wants to watch the show? It’d be boring.”
According to Kara, who also happens to be a songwriter-producer, she has known Katy for a long time and the two have worked together in the past.
Moving on to other news, did Katy have a reason for really turning it on during the LA auditions? It seems so as the 25 year old singer tells MTV she would love to permanently replace Simon Cowell as an Idol judge.
Katy told MTV that the experience was “awesome” and “if I was offered that job as a permanent host, I would ditch my career and take on that career.”
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Sources reveal to E! News that the the show’s producers are seriously considering having host Ryan Seacrest double up as a host and judge as the producers deal with the question of how to keep the hit show afloat since Simon announced he will be leaving after this season.
“Anything is possible,” says an Idol insider. “Stay tuned.”
It seems having Ryan replace him as a judge was Simon’s idea as he told told Extra during a Monday interview that he feels Seacrest “actually would” have interest in replacing him on American Idol’s judging panel. “I genuinely think that if he could get off that stage quick enough to go into the judge’s chair, he would [host] and judge,”said Simon.
TMZ is also reporting that people are on the set of AI are talking about Pop Icon Elton John possibly replacing Simon. Apparently Elton knowing music, having a bitchy attitude, and being British all work in his favor.
Plus according to E! News, most readers would prefer Simon’s replacement to have a British accent. As of today, Ryan, Elton and the FOX network have yet to comment on the possibility of Simon’s replacement.