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Gallery: Who else should judge 'Idol'?

By Maria LaMagna, Special to CNN
updated 11:18 AM EDT, Tue July 24, 2012
Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" after 12 years as a judge, and he might not be the only one. But who should take his place? Harry Connick Jr. has been a mentor on "Idol," but does he have what it takes to be a regular judge? Even he's not so sure. As <a href='http://www.ellentv.com/2013/05/08/will-harry-connick-jr-judge-on-idol/' target='_blank'>he recently told Ellen DeGeneres</a>, "I had a good time mentoring. Judging is a whole different deal," he said. "I don't know how good I would be at that." Here are some of our other suggestions: Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" after 12 years as a judge, and he might not be the only one. But who should take his place? Harry Connick Jr. has been a mentor on "Idol," but does he have what it takes to be a regular judge? Even he's not so sure. As he recently told Ellen DeGeneres, "I had a good time mentoring. Judging is a whole different deal," he said. "I don't know how good I would be at that." Here are some of our other suggestions:
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Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
Our picks for the next 'American Idol' judges
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