Who Should Be the New 'American Idol' Judge? Rolling Stone Ranks the Mentors

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Elton John

When Sir Elton guest judged on Season Three of Idol, he proved his passion for the show and why he'd be a welcome fiesty addition to the judges' panel. After Jennifer Hudson was eliminated despite a strong performance, John spoke out, telling the press, "The three people I was really impressed with — and they just happened to be black, young female singers — all seem to be landing in the bottom three ...I find it incredibly racist.? Bonus: he'd bring the British wit the show is losing with the departure of Simon Cowell.
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