After a minor scandal in which it was revealed that American Idol produces had allegedly considered replacing current judge Mariah Carey with last season’s Jennifer Lopez midseasn, Lopez herself has come forward to set the record straight.
“J.Lo had her manager Benny Medina approach FOX to alert them of her interest in rejoining Idol,” said an inside source.
The 43-year-old singer/actress had apparently come to the realization that she wished to settle down in order to provide stability for herself her five-year-old twins, Max and Emme. The decision allegedly came as the result of her grueling 2012 “Dance Again” world tour, as Lopez was reportedly exhausted by the grind of constant travel, prompting her to look for a way to remain in Los Angeles full-time while doing something she enjoyed.
“Idol allowed her to do that,” said the source. “The twins will enter kindergarten in the Fall and stability is important for them – and J.Lo – at this time. She’s looking for possible schools for the kids in Los Angeles at the moment. Plus, if she’s living in L.A. full-time she will be able to focus on her film career and other ventures, including her fashion business.”
The source clarified to RadarOnline.com, which broke the story, that J.Lo “never suggested” to FOX that she replace Mariah Carey, who hasn’t exactly been the hit that producers were expecting on the judging panel.
“If there was a ‘secret plot’ to replace Mariah, as has been suggested, then it was all FOX,” said the source, adding, “J.Lo’s approach was about the future. Not the present. She’s talking about next season.”
J.Lo is set to appear on the May 16 finale of Idol to promote her new single, prompting a source at FOX to deny ulterior motives behind her appearance, who insists that the J.Lo/Mariah scandal is “just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale.”