When I asked the readers of Artie Wayne On The Web, “Who is going to replace Simon Cowell, Ron Fair or Joel Diamond?, I got hundreds and hundreds of comments and e-mails from all over the world then I started to see why Joel Diamond really should be the next American Idol Judge. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/whos-going-to-replace-simon-cowell-ron-fair-or-joel-diamond/

L-R Joel Diamond, Carol Conners, Englebert Humperdink, and Robert Culp

Over the years Grammy Award Winning Joel Diamond, as a producer/ songwriter has had 36 gold and platinum records with diverse artists like Englebert Humperdink, Gloria Gaynor, Ray J, and producing and managing The 5 Browns who have literally dominated Billboard Magazine’s Classical Charts for 3 years running with their 3 consecutive #1 CD’s, at one point holding down both the #1 & #2 positions in Billboard.

Joel Diamond chillin’ with Ray Jay                                                            

I spoke to Joel Diamond a couple days ago after Cindy Adams wrote about him in the New York Post, as being considered to replace Simon Cowell. I talked to him again this morning.

Joel – “Artie, before we get started, I just want to say, that I don’t believe anybody can replace anybody else. I would just be bringing to the show my own style and experience as well as new positive ideas in promoting music.

Artie – “and what would that be exactly?”

Joel –  “I want to present “Idol’ with the idea of having “American Idol” Song buses that will travel to schools and children’s hospitals and have kids interact with people who create the music. I remember when I was a kid I met Irving Caesar (“Tea For Two”, “I Want To Be Happy”) who sang and played his hits at my school in Passaic, New Jersey. That brief encounter inspired me early in my career and has stayed with me to this day”

“What if inner city kids could interact with an Alicia Keys or a Jay Z? There would be more sing offs and fewer shoot outs! What if the kids who want to be a musician or a songwriter could have a mentor for an afternoon like a Kenny Rogers or a “Smokey” Robinson.…What a boost that would be to their self-esteem. Those sessions could be taped and given free of charge to libraries and schools.”

Artie- “How do you think you’d fit in with the rest of the judges?”

Joel – “I think we’d work together well. I always enjoy being  in the company of stimulating creative people. I’ve always considered Randy Jackson the ultimate musician, who is able to make spot on musical judgments. He’ll always be “top dawg” on “American Idol” as far as I’m concerned!

Kara DioGuardi oozes with the heart and soul of an artist. She also knows a song inside and out, since she’s an accomplished singer/ songwriter herself.

Ellen DeGeneres, has been quite a surprise! She’s obviously a super music fan with excellent taste. The more confident she becomes the better her critiques are. She’s afraid of hurting anyone’s feelings…I say flunk ‘em if they can’t hit a note!”

(TO BE CONTINUED)

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Over the last few days we got hundreds and hundreds of e-mails about the possibility of independent music producer Joel Diamond replacing Simon Cowell on “American Idol”. Even Cindy Adams wrote about it in the New York Post this morning!

Over the years Grammy Award Winning Joel Diamond, as a producer/ songwriter has had 36 gold and platinum records with diverse artists like Englebert Humperdink, Gloria Gaynor, Ray J, and producing and managing The 5 Browns who have literally dominated Billboard Magazine’s Classical Charts for 3 years running with their 3 consecutive #1 CD’s, at one point holding down both the #1 & #2 positions in Billboard.

We caught up with the man himself as he was about to leave for the studio.  to put the final touches on a new recording that he is producing with Athene Noelle and breaking new ground by combining Opera & Dance.

Artie – “Joel…you must really be excited about all the attention you’re getting.”

Joel – “I’m beyond flattered by all the generous and warm responses from many of my friends in the business and somewhat in disbelief that my name is even mentioned in the ‘mix’.”

Artie – “So you’re a fan of the show?”

Joel – “How can you not be? It’s the first time the public really has an opportunity to see what it takes and how much work, time, and effort goes into becoming a real star!  I’m impressed with the way “American Idol” promotes their artists and how they act as a conduit for getting their music to the public; in fact, American Idol could become the new business model for the entire (and ailing) music industry.  They make the contestant’s TV performances available the day after the show on I-Tunes as digital downloads.  Artie, do you remember on MOTOWN night when Berry Gordy gave permission for each of the contestants to record their voices on the original Motown hit track?  The only cost was the re-record of the lead vocal and mix…for me, it’s not unlike the music industry’s ‘green’ contribution of recycling hit records which will in turn provide a new  revenue stream for the product that record company already owns.”

Artie – “Who do you think should win “American Idol” this season?”

Joel – I think it’ll come down to whoever picks the best song and has the best performance from now until the finale.

Artie – “Which of the contestants would you personally like to produce?

Joel – “All of them”

Artie – “What do you mean?

Joel – “I thought of a great idea and the perfect song for “all of them” to perform together with each finalist taking a line or two in the verses, and all of them singing the chorus. It’s a remake of the Righteous Brothers “Rock and Roll Heaven” (coupled with a heart warming and memorable video) with a brilliant updated lyric by one of the writers, Alan O’Day. Imagine Casey starting off …”I just heard the news today…another rocker passed away followed by Crystal, and so on and so forth. Talking about impact and out of the box!”

Artie – “What is the most exciting thing about even being considered as an “American Idol Judge?

Joel –  “In addition to changing the lives of some very talented kids, it is also the unselfish ingredient that ‘American Idol Gives Back”, the show’s charitable arm, utilizing their gargantuan presence to raise money to save over a million lives already in Africa!  Who would have ever thought that a mosquito net, which costs only ten dollars, can protect one or more children from getting malaria?”

Joel continues, “Artie, you’re gonna’ have to excuse me- I need to run off to the studio.”

Artie – “Thank you for taking a few minutes with us. This is Artie Wayne on The Web, and that was Joel Diamond on “American Idol”.

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