Charlie Sheen: ‘I want to judge ‘American Idol”

Actor says he could be "radical" on the show

Charlie Sheen is throwing his name into the hat to become the next American Idol judge.

The actor joins a growing list of celebrities who are keen to join the show since it was confirmed that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will not be returning for the next series.

Speaking to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, Sheen said: “I thought this could be a lot of fun. Seriously… I’m genuinely interested. It’s so different, it could be radical.”

Sheen said that American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe had contacted him about the judging role: “It kind of came out of nowhere and I responded with a quote just to sort of check the temperature of it or test the waters, haven’t heard anything back… It seems so out of the blue that it almost made perfect sense”.

Yesterday, (July 17), Aretha Franklin said she wanted to be involved in the show. Rumours are circulating that Mariah Carey and former winner Adam Lambert are being considered for the position.

Sheen was famously sacked from sitcom Two And A Half Men last year after his erratic, drink and drug-fuelled behaviour spiraled out of control. It was during this period he joined Twitter, and began his ‘winning’ streak which resulted in a single with Snoop Dogg. Sheen left the social networking site last week.

Sheen recently ridiculed Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose at Slash’s Hollywood Walk of Fame inauguration ceremony, saying “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on”.