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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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31.

RJ    

Um.... Is everyone forgetting the top 5 is all girls this year? Without a cute white guy to obsess over, the little girls at home are watching the CW, that's all. Keep Mariah, ditch Nicki. SHE is the one I can't friggin stand to watch.

492 days ago
32.

Tanzaboy1990    

She needs to replace nicki manaj...she sucks

492 days ago
33.

OH NO!    

You need to get rid of the Minaj HOE. I refuse to watch anything she is involved in. I don't live in the ghetto and I don't need to see the ghetto on my television.

492 days ago
34.

walter    

get rid of Nikki Minaj!!!! SHE HAS NO TALENT! MARIAH DOES!

492 days ago
35.

Diana     

For some reason Nigel Lythgoe doesn't get it. The Voice got rid of two divas and their ratings are increasing. American Idol picked up 2 new divas and its heading for the big abyss. The viewing public doesn't want divas or lyp-synch specialists. We want tanlented people on the judging panel. Oh And we want the competition to at least look legit.

492 days ago
36.

Cricket    

The show sucks and has for years. The idea is stale. It's a popularity, not talent contest. That's why the voice has been so successful. It seems A.I. is only on the air to provide Randy w/ something to do.

492 days ago
37.

DogsRule    

YAYYYYYYYYYYY! Now Get Rid of that ANNOYING NIKKI and Bring Stephen Tyler Back ... Then I will watch the show again!

492 days ago
38.

RJ    

I love how most of the comments on this are about getting rid of Nicki. lol

492 days ago
39.

Phreaky    

Dear Fox "execs" - The low ratings have NOTHING to do with Mariah and won't improve with Jennifer. The show has run it's course. Most people I know are sick of it. The contestants are no longer attractive, there is no one to root for, no wants wants the country contestants (the voting majority *are* teenagers after all). The show went 2 seasons longer than it should have. You should cut your losses, not replace people.

492 days ago
40.

Snerkles    

Oh cwap, I forgot to mention the obvious: When Queen Jennifer arrives, Nikki is going to have a
meltdown, trying to out-diva her. Jennifer-1, Nikki-0.

492 days ago
41.

Virgie    

Are you kidding, Mariah can sing like a pro! GET RID OF NIKKI, I have to change the channel when she makes her STUPID comments! Low life, no class looking clown and dye your roots, blonde on black just wrong, get a new hair dresser. Can't stand the show of of Niki.

492 days ago
42.

Virgie    

Are you kidding, Mariah can sing like a pro! GET RID OF NIKKI, I have to change the channel when she makes her STUPID comments! Low life, no class looking clown and dye your roots, blonde on black just wrong, get a new hair dresser. Can't stand the show of of Niki.

492 days ago
43.

alwaysstayhigh    

shoot they should cancel the show nobody moves to fame maybe 3 or 4 people that won maybe have but the rest i havent even heard about anymore xancelbit along with the kardashians

492 days ago
44.

Wow    

HOW BOUT GET RID OF THE PROBLEM NIKKI!!! THIS IS THE FIRST SEASON I HAVEN'T WATCHED BECAUSE OF HER!

492 days ago
45.

akm    

Go back to 3 judges, and keep Jimmy Iovine off camera. WE KNOW YOU'RE BALD, JIMMY! LOSE THE CAP! You look ridiculous.

492 days ago
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