Charlie Sheen has reached out to the producers of American Idol to insist he is "genuinely interested" in taking up a spot on the judging panel.

"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."

TV bosses are currently looking for a new line-up following the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and Sheen's name was recently mentioned by producer Nigel Lythgoe as a possible replacement.

Sheen admits he is intrigued by the idea and is urging Idol executives to get in touch.

In a radio interview with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, Sheen said: "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. I guess it got some people curious...It seems so out of the blue that it almost made perfect sense."

"I thought this could be a lot of fun...Seriously, tell him (Lythgoe) I'm genuinely interested. It's so different, it could be radical".