The Hollywood Reporter says that there was a secret plan to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez in the middle of this season’s American Idol because of failing ratings! The plan was stopped because Mariah’s team threatened legal action. OMG.
The search for new judges next season has already begun.
With ratings in a steep slide, American Idol producers and Fox executives in recent weeks hatched a dramatic plan to jumpstart the show: replace judge Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez, according to knowledgeable sources.
These sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Carey, who was touted as the big new addition to the judge’s panel this year, responded with a threat of litigation. With that, the plan was dropped, though Idol’s producers still are negotiating with Lopez, who served as a popular judge during the past two seasons, to appear on the show’s finale in May. And insiders say a search already has begun to replace Carey, most likely Nicki Minaj and possibly the entire judge’s panel for next season.
Fox and producer Fremantle NorthAmerica decline to comment. Carey’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe tells THR: “I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season.”
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