It is a well-established fact that Star Trek’s William Shatner is the true king of all media. Bill is busy these days with his two shows on the Bio Channel and a new CBS sitcom, but a new campaign has just started with the most awesome idea of all: William Shatner as judge on the Fox juggernaut American Idol. The show is in search of new judges and one big town paper is pushing Bill.
The 10th season of the Fox music talent show American Idol starts in January. The show, which actually has been seeing a dip in it’s huge ratings, is in search of new judges. Ellen DeGeneres just announced she is leaving the judges table after just one season, and the famously mean Simon Cowell has left as well. According to reports, Idol will return to a three-judge format, with Randy Jackson staying. AP is reporting that Jennifer Lopez has been offered one of the spots (see below), which would leave one opening. There are rumors with many famous names possibly joining the show, including Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Steven Tyler and more.
AP report on American Idol
Now Seattle Post Intelligence Big Blog has weighed in with their suggestion that the replacement for Cowell should be none other than William Shatner. They are asking their readers to submit videos to YouTube with your "best impression of Shatner as an American Idol judge. They have got things started with a submission from famous geek Chris Pirillo.
Chris Pirillo as Shatner in Idol
Of course in addition to his careers as an dramatic and comedic actor, spokesperson and more, Shatner has a long music career. Shatner’s first album, The Transformed Man, came out in 1968 which was followed by more album the excellent Has Been collaboration with Ben Folds in 2004. And Bill has said that he has been at work on a new album as well, and what better place to pitch that than on American Idol? And who can forget his 1978 performance of Elton John’s Rocket Man?
Shatner’s Rocket Man
So TrekMovie joins The Seattle PI in this campaign for Shatner on American Idol, what say you? Is Bill the best candidate for the new judge on the show? If you are really motivated, upload a video to YouTube and it can be featured here and at the Seattle PI.