Could (or should) Courtney Love fill Paula Abdul's shoes?

Okay, so Paula Abdul has appeared to be on the brink of collapse during most of her recent live TV appearances (like this one). And yes, she’s drifted in and out of a lucid state during the first four episodes of this season of American Idol. That said, today’s report in Us magazine that the show has looked into replacing her with Courtney Love smells fishier than a deck hand after a month aboard the USS Tuna. We’re still awaiting word from Idol‘s producers regarding the rumor, but think about it: What network in their right mind would greenlight the idea of Hole’s unpredictable, foul-mouthed frontwoman appearing on live TV? As part of their biggest advertising cash-cow? Which happens to be popular with the family set? Maybe if Idol schedules a Hot Mess theme week, then a little mad Love would work, but otherwise, I don’t see it.

Plus, I secretly kind of heart Paula. There, I said it. She cried when Elliott Yamin (who’s apparently scored an indie record deal—yay!) hit his peak on "A Song for You," and so did I. So go Paula!

Anyhow, in the meantime, here’s some scoop about one guest you  might see booked for a return engagement on Idol: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, who pitched in during the New York City audition rounds, tells EW’s own Allyssa Lee that she’s in talks with Idol about a theme week centered around her greatest hits. "It would be really nice to have my songs star on American Idol, and not me. I loved being guest judge, everyone was so kind. But your dream as a songwriter is to have your songs performed on Idol. I’m hoping that can happen. And no one’s going to say to my songs that they look like anybody," she said, referring to the fact that some fans and critics noted her striking resemblance to Joan Collins.

Which leaves me with a question for you, PopWatchers: Who have been the best guest coaches/judges during Idol‘s six seasons? Who’ve been the worst? And who deserves a chance to serve in that capacity this season?

UPDATE: Fox has released a statement from Idol honcho Nigel Lythgoe: "I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me. Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them."

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  • Alex

    I’m actually a little shocked about this. Bayer Sager added absolutely nothing to the show and was barely even featured. I’m surprised they even bothered to have her sit in on the show in the first place. Really, Carole Bayer Sager? Is that the most relevant judge you could find? Is there NO ONE better out there that wants the free pub from the biggest show on TV? You’ve gotta be kidding me!

  • mjb

    This show is so heavy on the formula that anything unexpected or crazy just makes it more interesting. Simon is still the best judge, but Paula being unintelligible is part of the fun!

  • Peter Lynn

    So they’re going to replace a drunk washed-up singer who didn’t write her own songs with another drunk washed-up singer who didn’t write her own songs? Sounds like a good trade-up.

  • bb

    Good God……NO!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    Oh come on! If they want punk or garage rock get Patti Smith, Sousxie Souix,Grace Slick,Ann Wilson or Chrissy Hynde. Someone who CAN sing.

  • Ellipsian

    C’mon, Mike: do you really not read the comments of the posts you…um, post? I told you about Elliott a WEEK ago in your Joss Stone…post. “SLEZAK! Did you hear about Elliott Yamin??
    Sniff, sniff. Alright–my love for you is strong and I’m over it. Just a little attention to your devotees, though, eh?

  • skbnwinters

    H E L L , N O !

  • blue

    alex-while i agree that carole bayer sager was an irrelevant guest judge, she was/is still a talented, prolific songwriter. they are talking about featuring her music, not having her back as a judge.

  • Ceballos

    As uber-cheesy as he is, Barry Manilow as the best guest coach/judge on Idol. He provided advice, support, and actually looked like he enjoyed being there.

  • Kat

    Best coach would be Barry Manilow. For the 2 seasons he was a coach, the finalists shined during his week.
    Best guest judge would be Quentin Tarantino. It was obvious that he was a fan and knew what he was talking about. He didn’t give any generic comments. He knew the contestants from watching the show.

  • Cyndy

    Best coach – Barry Manilow
    Worst coach – Kenny Rogers

  • dundee

    andrea bocelli worst!

  • Jason in MI

    Wait! That WASN’T Joan Collins? I tuned in late and totally had a conversation with my wife about why the heck Joan Collins was a judge on “American Idol.”
    I really did!

  • Joe C

    I actually thought that Barry Manilow was the best judge. ANd I know it will never happen, but I would have replaced Paula every year, including this one. With Courtney Love????Probably not, but I still would vote for Debbie Gibson(who at least can kind of sing)

  • Joe C

    Oh by the way, can we replace Ryan Seacrest too? He’s even more annoying than Paula….

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