Quote of the Day: "The makeup is simply an extension of the personality." -- Gene Simmons
Now that Paula Abdul has announced that she will not be returning as a judge on the ridiculously popular American Idol, speculation is running rampant about who will replace her. We're assuming that the producers will actually hire someone to take her place. A permanent replacement judge is only one of a number of possible scenarios that might take place. 1. They might not hire a fourth judge at all -- they might just stick with the existing triumvirate of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi. 2. They might decide to go with a rotating lineup of guest judges (sort of what they do on other reality show competitions like So You Thing You Can Dance). 3. Paula might actually come back, using this exit as a negotiating strategy. But assuming that they do decide to hire someone new, I think the perfect choice would be Gene Simmons.
I think that if American Idol gets a new permanent judge, it will most likely be a woman stepping into Paula's shoes. But if gender is not a factor, I vote for Gene Simmons. He's already served as a competent guest judge and he proved to be very entertaining and honest. Other guest judges in the past have been boring or sycophantic. Gene told it like it is. The only other guest host who came close to his honesty was probably Jewel. But Gene has the personality to grab the audience's attention throughout an entire season. He can be funny; he can be outrageous; he's not afraid to tell it like it is. He can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the other judges, holding his own with any of them, while at the same time not overshadowing any of them either.
Gene Simmons has the musical and professional background as credentials to merit serious consideration for the job. I don't know if he would want the gig, but if he did, he would be perfect for it. As one of the founders of the rock band KISS, he knows about popular music. His marketing instincts and business acumen are unparalleled, making him the ideal candidate for the job -- he would know what to look for in the contestants as they search for the next mainstream music superstar.
Like Paula, Gene would also be a hoot to watch week after week. No one knows what would come out of his mouth, from witty jokes to cutting barbs to controversial statements (and if he's in his KISS "Demon" persona, maybe even some blood and fire.) And while we're comparing Gene to Paula, it should be noted that BOTH claim to have never gotten drunk or high in their lives.
Finally, if they do hire Gene Simmons to be the next permanent judge on American Idol, it should be stipulated in his contract that he MUST wear the KISS makeup for each episode!