David Archuleta David Archuleta

Jennifer Lopez? Nah. Kara DioGuardi? Over her. American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta shares with me his dream team to step in as Idol's new judging panel.

Judge One: Elton John
"He would be really cool," says Archuleta. "He is an icon who has established himself strong in the business. He has taken risks and has been through it all. He would be respected and people would really listen to what he has to say. He's also English like Simon, so we could expect him to speak his mind."

Judge Two: Randy Jackson
"Randy is one of the few originals left, so I think for old time sake it would good to have him around," Archuleta says. "When people look at American Idol, he's someone we all think of."  

Judge Three: Madonna
"She does what she does and always surprises people," notes Archuleta. "She was the trend starter. She would be a very open, opinioned judge who would make sure what she says is helpful to those on stage."

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