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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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196.

Bu    

BRING STEVEN TYLER AND JENNIFER LOPEZ BACK TO AI. They should have let them go.

526 days ago
197.

wendyjude    

Every great show eventually runs it's coarse.

526 days ago
198.

cali323    

Mariah should be a judge on the VOICE!! Not on AI, weak show with TALENTLESS judges! Mariah has too much talent and class to be on AI!

526 days ago
199.

cali323    

J.ho has a boxers nose and she is too old! Stank azz

526 days ago
200.

Pompano Ann    

Third set of judges is not third times a charm. The underline tension with N Minaj and M Carey is unconfortable and distracting; the talent is good but not great? First time I stop watching the season, has Amer. Idol run its course? Can the show be saved?

526 days ago
201.

baybek8s    

Just cancel the show. The thrill has been long gone!

526 days ago
202.

Shawn    

They need to get rid of Nicki instead

526 days ago
203.

Allysa mentor    

I can't stand to hear Nikki speak, so I'm not watching this season.

526 days ago
204.

Lisa P.    

OMG they r replacing the WRONG person! Nicki is total trash!

525 days ago
205.

tal0822    

Just do the world a favor and let this be the last season of American Idol. It's not even worth watching anymore.

525 days ago
206.

Kookla    

Yet they keeping that trash minaj????

525 days ago
207.

Kookla    

Hate American idol haven't watched it after the very first one

525 days ago
208.

cpeutz    

WHAT??? I was planning on watching this season because I LOVE Mariah, but apparently my HATRED of Niki is stronger lol And I definitely WILL NOT be watching if they bring J Hoe no talent havin bitch back lol

525 days ago
209.

olu32    

I say replace Nikki.It would be worth watching with JLo & Mimi I can't stand to see the show with Nickie on it

525 days ago
210.

Kathy Griffin    

Love It or Leave It: Nicki Minaj Looked Like This During Last Night's "American Idol"
"American Idol" Results: Paula Abdul's Back, But Who Has to Pack? Nicki Minaj needs to pack and TMZ put a poll up!!!!!!!! Please no! Jennifer Lopez. we've not watch because of Nicki Minaj really!


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525 days ago
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