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Friday 19 September 2014

Jepsen: Bieber should be Idol judge

Carly Rae Jepsen says Justin Bieber would be great on American Idol

Justin Bieber would make an "awesome" judge on American Idol, according to fellow Canadian popstar Carly Rae Jepsen.

There will be a spot on the panel available when industry stalwart Randy Jackson vacates his seat at the end of the season and the Call Me Maybe singer reckons Justin would do a great job.

Speaking after her performance on the first night of the American Idol finale, the 27-year-old said: "I think he would be great. I would be terrible but I'm sure he would be awesome.

"He has lots of great opinions when it comes to the music world and he's very experienced, especially for someone so young. As for me, I would be too motherly and be like 'You should all go through, you did a great job, let's be friends'."

Carly came third on Canadian Idol in 2007 before going on to hit the big time last year with her summer anthem Call Me Maybe, after Justin heard her song on the radio in Canada and tweeted about it.

"I think the really valuable thing about an Idol platform is the exposure, and that is the gift all the top ten contestants get," she said.

"I really saw that for myself. Going third was awesome, I was able to align myself with great people so when Justin Bieber came to town he could hear Call Me Maybe on the radio."

Offering advice to Idol finalists Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, Carly said: "I would say to both of them the real fight begins when the show is done, so don't stop fighting."

The first part of the American Idol finale airs on 5* tonight (May 16), with the second part shown tomorrow (May 17).

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