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'American Idol'

JLo WILL Return

Asked to Replace Mariah

4/24/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Lopez
has been approached by Fox execs to return to "American Idol" for the balance of the season ... to replace Mariah Carey ... sources connected with the network confirm to TMZ.

We've learned Lopez will appear on the now ratings-challenged show on May 16 to debut her new single, but Fox has bigger ideas -- they want to stop the hemorrhaging quickly and bring the former judge back on the show.  The Hollywood Reporter first posted the story that JLo could be returning.

And the show is in trouble.  Last week's ratings were the worst since the show debuted in 2002.

Sources tell us Fox is scrambling to find a solution, and ironically they think Lopez could be the answer.  We say ironically because network execs would not ante up the cash JLo wanted to stay on the show this season. 

We're told as of now ... no deal has been made.

UPDATE:  A Fox spokesperson tells TMZ ... "This is just another ridiculous "Idol" judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale."

311 COMMENTS

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136.

patsfan4life    

Either replace nicki Minaj or cancel the show, it's had it's run. American idol...OUT!

518 days ago
137.

Cinner    

Uuuh, Mariah is not the problem, ikci is! I will never watch that show as long as she is on it!

518 days ago
138.

Lisa    

How about replace every single contestant this year! Each and every one this year sucks and are all very boring!! Nikki is the only entertaining part of the show this year - if they replace her it will be a total snooze fest!

518 days ago
139.

gegeok    

People can't sing... that's why we don't watch this yr!!

518 days ago
140.

Trooper Tom    

The real facts are these types of shows have run out of time just like every thing else the 15 minutes are over, the same with the plethora of reality shows they have had the 15 minutes also

518 days ago
141.

Nancy    

Bring Back Simon!

518 days ago
142.

Trooper Tom    

Another thing, I've always found it amusing that some one with Lopez's limited singing skills judges other people

518 days ago
143.

Tmz007    

Nicki Minaj has gotta go, can even watch the show with her on it, couldn't care less about AI this year!

518 days ago
144.

mr.howell     

Yes,get rid of Mariah!..before she has another breakdown!..can't stand her!..she's too vain and nasty!.

518 days ago
145.

1_selenator    

This whole season is a joke the voice is so much better!

518 days ago
146.

hellooo!!    

The original AI crew is the best. Simon, Paula, and Randy. :)

518 days ago
147.

Chris    

Get rid of nasal talking NIkki and maybe the show will have some chance...

518 days ago
148.

Jeff    

The show isn't about the judges, it is about the contestants. The reason no one is watching...the talent sucks! Simple as that...I never watched the show for the judges, it has always been about the talent.

518 days ago
149.

sasha    

They blew it when they passed up Adam Lambert as a judge this season. Too bad Nigel Lythgoe, you lost the entire Glambert viewership.

518 days ago
150.

Ydnahs    

Mariah is NOT the problem. NIKKI IS! I don't watch A.I. anymore because I can't stand Nikki. She's so trashy and ghetto. Mariah is a class act! Keep her, throw out the trash AKA Nikki M.

518 days ago
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