'American Idol' top 10 pick the next judge; Harry Connick Jr. leads

american-idol-top-10-tour.jpgIf the top 10 contestants on this year's "American Idol" had anything to do with it, Harry Connick Jr. would be the man to take Simon Cowell's place next season.

Or three of the top 10, anyway. Parade magazine asked the 10 stars of the current "Idol" tour for their opinions on who should replace Simon, and Connick -- the mentor for the top five during Frank Sinatra week -- got the most votes. "Most" in this case, however, means three: Michael Lynche, Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly say Connick would be the best choice.

The other most-talked-about possible replacement, Bret Michaels, won the endorsement of two finalists -- Casey James, who performed with Michaels on the season finale, and Crystal Bowersox. She also wonders, though, if "maybe they could bring Paula [Abdul] back."

The other choices were, let's say, a little more outside the box. Lee DeWyze thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger would be "funny" (and he will, after all, be in need of a job next year), Siobhan Magnus wants Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) "because I love him" and Didi Benami thinks Adam Lambert would be great because he's been through the process and "he's really honest."

OK, maybe that last one isn't so out there. Andrew Garcia's pick of Paris Hilton, though? Forget about it.

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