'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler is leaving officially (some might say he checked out last season) and Jennifer Lopez is dropping hints she's gone too, which means the likes of Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and will.i.am might be asked to join the show if you believe the mix of sources, reports and fan speculation swirling about.
As someone who pushed for Ellen DeGeneres to be a judge before she joined the show and Howard Stern before he defected to "American's Got Talent," I've always thought an important criterion in a celebrity judge was someone who's already a big fan of the show.
They should also be insightful about music and people, quick on their feet, interested in mentoring teens/young adults and able to think of different things to say night after night...
So tell us -- from this list of people with "American Idol" ties (ex-guest mentors, contestants or performers) who should be the new judge(s), and why? Vote in the poll, and share thoughts in the comments below.