Shakeup?! Did ‘American Idol’ Try to Replace Mariah with J.Lo?
UPDATE: Nick Cannon reacted to the rumors on Wednesday, telling “Extra’s” Terri Seymour, “I haven’t heard that, but I think my wife is so focused on the future, what she is doing with her new album. She has such a good time with this show. Some people do it because that’s all they have, she did it because she thought it would be fun. If she continues to do it, I think she’s going to be great and if not, who knows.”
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, claiming “American Idol” producers allegedly tried to revive the show by replacing Mariah Carey with former judge Jennifer Lopez. Sources told the mag that Carey’s team killed the plan by threatening litigation, however, show insiders say the entire story is bogus.
"This is just another ridiculous ‘Idol’ judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale," a FOX spokeswoman told THR in a statement. A rep for Carey denied the allegation and producer Nigel Lythgoe said he has not been included in “any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season.”
Producer FremantleMedia North America declined to comment.
While the alleged plan is reportedly kaput, sources claim “Idol” execs are concerned about ratings and are on the lookout to replace Mariah, and possibly the rest of the judges’ panel, including Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson.