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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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91.

kenblazed    

They Jumped The Shark when Simon left

457 days ago
92.

Michael    

Absolutely ridiculous! IDOL, you're so out of touch! I'm in the target age demographics. Although I have never watched Idol before, I had planned to watch this season because of Mariah UNTIL they added Minaj. If I wanted to watch a clown, I would go to the circus.

457 days ago
93.

SJBMusic    

Or perhaps the ratings dropped because Fox hasn't been seen on Dish Network for the last 2 months?!

(Idiots)

Glad it is finally back this week, and I agree with all those saying they should dump Niki, not Mariah.

457 days ago
94.

wayneb    

Get rid of ALL the women. Hire 2 new TALENTED men like Randy. Now that would be interesting.

457 days ago
95.

ummm?!    

If there was a Voting Poll, I would vote NO.

457 days ago
96.

Carl    

Why is everyone else reporting that it was considered at midseason? Do you actually know something or do you just have trouble reading?

457 days ago
97.

Shaunie    

I watch the Voice

457 days ago
98.

Pet rock    

I don't see the point of having any of these judges not to mention the hosts, mentors, etc. an awful lot of cash to blow on dueling egos to chirp over which 17 year old country kid is the best karaoke singer.

457 days ago
99.

tgrfan42069    

idol has run its course.when a singing comp becomes more about the judges than the ones competing,the staged fake voting results and the constant drama is a huge turn off

457 days ago
100.

liz briggs    

Mariah is not the problem it is Niki M

457 days ago
101.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners    

Man just cut it lose already. It had a good run but it's done. How many singing talent shows do we need??

457 days ago
102.

The Universe    

The AI producers are insane Mariah is an icon and she only did that stupid show as a favor to her friend Randy. JLO is a joke she can't sing she never even won a Grammy. Nickki is the problem you morons should never have hired her in the first place. You should have replaced Randy with Usher and brought back Paula Abdul. Idol ratings sank 30% when J-LOW was on. Keep that lip syncing old hag off of Idol.

457 days ago
103.

LizzieBlueEyes    

Yep, THAT will fix this LAME show This show is pretty awful and the producers have been totally out of touch about who the American public would like as judges for some time. Cancel it already. JHo is the worst!

457 days ago
104.

Phoenicks    

At least get the complete story. FOX isn't going to get rid of Mariah because she threatened legal action.

The funny thing here is that FOX thinks Mariah is th problem, yet the demographic that watches the show (female, middle-aged, Midwestern southerners) actually doesn't like Nicki Minaj. I say just kill the show already.

457 days ago
105.

Juzcruzn69    

I hope this is a horrible rumor. True this is the worst year this show has produced. When you have contestants with 100x more talent than Nikki Minaj competing and she judges these people .... its rediculous. Having Mariah Carey is the ONLY good thing about the show. It needs a complete revamping including losing Randy Jackson. Keith Urban doesn't belong. If American Idol panel of Judges had half the comradery that The Voice had .... it wouldn't have these issues. Nikki Minaj is disgusting!!!!! Bring back Jay-Lo and leave Mariah on the show. Replace Keith next year ....

457 days ago
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