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Iggy Pop, 'American Idol' judge? It almost happened, says the punk legend

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A few weeks ago, Iggy Pop performed “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” on an episode of American Idol. It was a lot like most of Iggy’s public appearances, which is to say it was manic, full-throated, passionate and shirtless.

He looked a little out of place on the Idol stage (even with Aerosmith frontman and former cocaine enthusiast Steven Tyler rocking the place up significantly this season), but can you imagine if Pop himself was the guy sitting behind the judges’ table trading bon mots with Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez?

Apparently, neither could Pop, though apparently that was a plan for a hot minute. In an interview with Billboard, Iggy said that the producers of the show dipped their toes into his pool for a brief second before hiring the new pair of judges.

“It didn’t go very far,” he said. “There were two phone calls. I wasn’t sure I was interested or available. I was curious and we spoke a couple times, and that was as far as that went. I don’t think I could’ve done the right job for them on that particular show. I think Steven (Tyler) does a really, really good job of it.”

He said that while he initially hated the show, he came to appreciate a lot of the more qualified contestants, including Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood.

While Tyler gave the current season of Idol a shot in the arm, the refreshing nuttiness he delivered during the audition shows has tempered a bit since the show went live. But Iggy would have been a fantastic judge, and he probably would have been both a lot more consistent—and way more judgmental. Of course, Lopez probably would have made him put on a shirt, which might have negated some of his mojo.

What do you think, readers? Would you have rather seen Iggy hitting on teenage girls and trying to tell Casey Abrams how he should rock? Or is Tyler the true savior of American Idol? Sound off in the comments below!

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Originally posted May 2 2011 — 1:30 PM EDT

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