Will Carmen Electra Replace Sharon Osbourne on America’s Got Talent?
Gossip columns have been alive with the news that Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra are a couple, and now there are rumors that Cowell is pushing for Electra to replace Sharon Osbourne on America’s Got Talent. And as most of us know by now, what Simon Cowell wants, Simon Cowell gets.
Osbourne has left the judges’ panel on the show in protest over discrimination. She believes that NBC fired her son Jack Osbourne from Stars Earn Stripes because he has Multiple Sclerosis, a sentiment that Jack also shares. And while fellow judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern have not yet confirmed that they will return next season, the current focus is on finding a replacement for Osbourne. Ultimately I think Mandel and Stern will wait to see who that replacement will be before signing back on for another round.
Simon Cowell has said that he wants someone younger, and definitely female. (This seems to be a common theme for Cowell, who’s placed young, hot women on most of his shows lately. Hey, whatever brings in the viewers, right?) Since he’s romantically involved with Carmen Electra, she’s the one he’s pushing for. Electra isn’t exactly a stranger to the format, having acted as a guest judge on Britain’s Got Talent. Really though, with the likes of Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj popping up on talent show panels lately, you’d think he might aim a little higher. Electra is cute and fun, but she doesn’t exactly pack the same kind of star quality as these other ladies do.
As a viewer what I’d really like to see is someone with experience in the entertainment industry, someone who knows what kind of acts would work and what would be a stretch for an ongoing, long-running show. Someone with a good sense of humor and the ability to bite back when heckled by her fellow judges. Oh wait, I think I’m talking about Sharon Osbourne here. Nevermind.