Fox Is Denying That "American Idol" Was Bringing J-Lo Back to Replace Mariah Carey
Fox has denied a report that "American Idol" wanted to bring JENNIFER LOPEZ back to replace MARIAH CAREY in the middle of this season. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says, "I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season." And a Fox spokesperson says, "This is just another ridiculous "Idol" judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale."
TMZ claims J-Lo IS coming back to perform a new single on "Idol" on May 16th, but so-called "sources" tell them that "Idol" DID consider bringing J-Lo back to take over for Mariah for the rest of the season. Apparently, this was part of a plan to stop the show's ratings slide. The "Hollywood Reporter" was the first to report on the possible J-Lo-for-Mariah swap. They say the plan was shut down after Mariah threatened legal action.