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Simon Cowell said he honestly has no idea who will replace him on “American Idol” after this year, but he has some thoughts.

During a conference call on Thursday, the departing judge said whoever fills his seat needs to have knowledge and not just the ability to be critical.

“I think over the years judges have been replaced by personalities,” said Cowell, who also jokingly said his replacement needs to be very handsome. “That in the long term will create problems because you’ve got to be able to spot a star. So whoever replaces me, my advice has always been, find somebody who actually knows what they are talking about and has actually experienced success in the music business.”

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