When you think of the term ‘American Idol' who comes to mind? Maybe Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, we think of clean, wholesome faces. Not anymore, after reports confirmed that FOX's number one replacement for Simon Cowell is indeed the shock jock, Howard Stern.
FOX approached Stern after he repeatedly mentioned on-air that his exclusive Sirius XM Radio deal expires next January and he was open to other offers. Cowell, who will leave after this season, takes in $50 million a year, but Stern said he would judge for a $100 million. Stern has been discussing the possibilities quite openly on his radio show, "There's not a better job on the planet than judging a f-----g karaoke contest," Stern told his satellite radio listeners. "It might be possible, we'll see."
Stern also defended the accusations of his ‘judging' abilities, "I watch 'American Idol.' ... people seem to think that if I was on it, because I'm such a foul-mouthed, miserable f---, that I would get them thrown off the air. I know how to judge."
The question I have is, does Stern have any creditably when it comes to recognizing singing ability? Cowell at least owned a record label and has started successful singing careers in the past. I don't think having women come in a studio and throwing slices of meat at their asses makes for a proper replacement for Cowell, but Stern thinks otherwise, "If I do say so myself, I can't imagine anyone else but me replacing [Cowell]," Stern said. "I mean, 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?"
Idol producers are rumored to be considering offering Stern a contract that mirrors his five-year; $500 million deal with Sirius XM.
On the other hand, people close to Stern believe that this just might be a ploy to make Sirius pay up and keep him on his huge contract.