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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."

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166.

Jeems    

I am about to punt on Idol. It has lost it's way. Put it out of its misery.

511 days ago
167.

depplep    

Here's a crazy idea, maybe the show has run it's course?

511 days ago
168.

cali323    

Nooooooo PLEASE DON'T BRING THAT HIDEOUS CREATURE J.LO. BACK! !!!!!!! Get RID of kaka minaj! !!!! KEEP THE BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED MARIAH!!!!!! GET RID OF THE GHETTO TRASH KEEP IT CLASSY WITH MARIAH! !!!

511 days ago
169.

lolurdumb    

Cancel the show!!! Havent watched since season 2

511 days ago
170.

Alice    

To begin with, four judges are to many. Nikki is ruining the show. Get rid of her. Problem solved.
But, if you really want to improve the show, get rid
of all the judges. Just have the mentors behind the scenes and then Jimmy Levine. I fast forward through everything except Jimmy these days.

511 days ago
171.

lucky007    

just put the show out of its misery already. No one watches it anymore. I haven't watched it in two years! The Voice is where it's at!

511 days ago
172.

Miriam L. Wright    

PLEASE HAVE JLO REPLACE THAT TALENTLESS NIKKI MINAJ.

511 days ago
173.

Fox    

They should put normal, non celebrity people on the judges panel and see what happens.

511 days ago
174.

rafael    

they are just trying to make American idol like a jerry springer ...since mariah and nicki "beef" wasn't as they expected ..they think by bringing in jenni from the block "bronx" would bring the drama...becasue it just dont make sense we all know mariah is a better performer than nicki and had more success than this weirdo barbie wonna be

511 days ago
175.

AV    

First of all why would bring back a judge that was already fired for bring on the lowest TV ratings in Idol history??????? and second, didn't JLo herself say she quit Idol because she was to busy making new movies and music albums??? Well it’s been a year now and haven’t seen anything yet which confirms her story that she was really was fired from Idol, and third , Jlo and her team, better start worrying about what her ex limo drivers has to say to FBI investigators about what knows about Jlo and her manager Benny Medina illegal activities that he witness and lost his job for knowing too much, that brought on a 20 million lawsuit against him to keep his mouth shut, which JLo and Benny Media lost in court last year??? We can only image what illegal activities Jlo and Media did to enhance her career????

511 days ago
176.

Danielle123    

As "ghetto" as Nicki may seem to you all, she is a WAY better judge than Mariah, and if you all can't see that then I don't know what to tell you. Mariah is useless in terms of the show and rarely has anything of substance to say. She does not judge. She coddles. Even the shows producers have told her to step it up, hence her constant, "The powers that be have told me to...." comments every single week. I was one of the first people to cringe when Minaj was chosen to be a judge but she, as well as Keith have done phenomenal jobs in my opinion. Also, I never understood why people said Nicki is talentless and can't sing and shouldn't be able to judge yet these same people cry for JLo to be a judge? Um........ Since when can JLo sing? I've said it before and I'll say it again, you don't need to be an awesome singer to judge singing. You simply need a good ear. If what you all are saying is the case, then America should not be given the chance to vote since the majority of the people watching and voting can't sing either. We're sitting back and determining the fates of these people. What singing experience do we have? Absolutely none. Therefore, those comments regarding that specific situation make no sense.

511 days ago
177.

JuanRambo    

JLo can suck it... She sucks!

511 days ago
178.

Rod    

Lopez is NO fix...this proves the producers don't have a clue!

511 days ago
179.

bernergirl    

Get rid of Minaj.

511 days ago
180.

scoopie    

Hard to believe they're getting low ratings when they actually have talent in the top 4.

511 days ago
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