Simon Cowell: William Shatner Should Replace me on 'American Idol'


There is a vacant seat behind the judge's table on "American Idol" after Simon Cowell gave his closing remarks Wednesday night on the season finale. Tears were shed by contestants, fellow judges, and music legends and all agree it will be a difficult task to replace the witty Brit who founded the show.
Newly crowned champion Lee DeWyze knows that "it's going to be hard to fill his shoes." Runner-up Crystal Bowersox labeled Simon as "an undeniable force." Last season's winner Kris Allen echoed that "he's the face of the show."
It has not yet been announced by FOX who will step up to the plate, but some "Idol" insiders offered some suggestions to ET's Kevin Frazier.
Carrie Underwood conspired, "I think there's enough 'Idols' now. Maybe we could all come back and do something." Rock star Bret Michaels said he's ready for a new challenge after battling recent health ailments: "I think I could do an amazing job…I have lived and breathed music my entire life and I could give real constructive criticism."
Fellow judge Kara DioGuardi is setting the standards high for her new colleague. She said, "You really need to have that expertise and Simon had that. He also was very charming and he was funny and he was charismatic. If you can combine all those things into one person, that's who I would put on the panel."
Putting differences and opinions aside, Randy Jackson and Kara will both miss their pal very much. Randy said that it was great to have "the original dream team" of himself, Simon, Paula Abdul, and Ryan Seacrest back in the house because "we started this journey together."
Determined not to smudge her makeup with tears, Kara said the night was emotional. "When that confetti comes down and you know it's the last moment that Simon's going to be on the show and Lee's singing the winner's song, it's hard not to be moved by that," she recalled.



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