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Plan to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez mid-’American Idol’ season foiled – Report

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.

Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez

Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez

From THR:

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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abercrombieco2
abercrombieco2

the show is supposed to be about the singers not the judges yet the judges try to steal the spotlight all the time and try to make the show about them.    also the fact its all women , who aren't exactly exciting to watch and are pretty boring is a big reason why the viewers are down.  

djfabian
djfabian

Joy on the View today said it best...."Its ok to be rude if your a man with a british accent" but if your a strong woman like Nicki you arent allowed!

djfabian
djfabian

Simon will probably be freed up after this season of X factor limps to a end....just saying ;)

khaleesi
khaleesi

No to JLo, she's a lame ass judge!  Bring back Paula instead!

djfabian
djfabian

I still think Nicki is the best thing to happen to this show in years....Mariah is a bit of a waste.....would be funny if they keep Nicki and bring in some much loved figure viewers are crying out to bring back......what would all those viewers do then....all those crying out that the end is near ....Oh please.....Foxes MOST WATCHED show isnt going anywhere soon.....sure the ratings r lower but they r still huge in the landscape of TV viewing  in 2013

jewels
jewels

Bring back J-LO!...Keep Keith and of course, the POWERS to BE will keep Randy..... NO Nicki.....

and AI should RETIRE! this SEASON was not good----well, could be worst but not good anyway.

JulianPerry6
JulianPerry6

Lol, that's too funny. Man, Jennifer Hudson called it at the beginning of the season when she said AI should bow out gracefully, but that's not gonna happen. So I guess this may have all went down when Mariah told Lazaro that she was being reprimanded for being too nice...

realGary
realGary

Fantasyland ride, tickets please!

khaleesi
khaleesi

why carey? why not kick randy off the show and get an r&b superstar as a replacement...j lo is no different than mariah!

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

That's kind of hilarious. Someone considered a Puerto Rican as a solution to a problem! #VivaBoricua

IdleTime
IdleTime

@djfabian Right.  And you can't even be nice.  If you're a woman and you're nice, you're a waste.  I mean, Keith Urban has been a wimpy judge and nobody said much anything about him.  A woman will always be the first to be thrown under the bus.  And if you're a black woman, well then fuhgeddaboutit.

djfabian
djfabian

@khaleesi loveeeeeeeeeeeee paula.....nothing beats her flakiness.....

takakupo
takakupo

@khaleesi Seriously, the fact that the producers were looking for a replacement for Mariah instead of Randy shows that they should be replacing themselves instead. 

hrstump
hrstump moderator

@NickRoman1 And who honestly thought L-Lo was a good judge anyway. Well, maybe compared to the useless Steven Tyler... It is not like L-Lo had anything really of interest to say as a judge. Although she did make Randy seem better....

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@NickRoman1 I love this. The show has NOTHING to lose by spreading gossip like this. They know the judges are NOT coming back. Woohoo!

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

In all seriousness, the sooner they realize that the judges have almost nothing to do with the success or failure of the show, the better off we'll all be.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@NickRoman1 I didn't follow my own "directives" but whatever.