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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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106.

chaozz    

Dump Niki

516 days ago
107.

speekintruth    

Jlo is over the hill - look at the picture in the article. she is an old lady.

516 days ago
108.

V    

It's so funny how they want to replace a judge that can sing with a judge that can't carry a tune. Now that's ironic.

516 days ago
109.

dick    

They should replace the show and bring back 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.... previously on 24. That's the only good show I would watch on Fox.

516 days ago
110.

Tiffany    

No one should be asked back, this show sucks and has run it's course - all need to go away!

516 days ago
111.

akm    

No more stupid, boring 'Themes' for the week. Let them sing what they sing best.

516 days ago
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mommtab63    

Mariah is not the problem I absolutely cannot stand Nikki. I have watched the show since the beginning, but can't stand Nikki. Just can't take anything she says or does seriously when she reminds me of a pop tart.

516 days ago
113.

kali    

Nicki is the reason I haven't watched a single episode, not Mariah. Just sayin'

516 days ago
114.

Karvey Kardashian    

If they are dumb enough to keep Nikki or Mariah, they deserve to have the show cancelled.

516 days ago
115.

Isatou    

The low ratings has nothing to do with the judges People are just tired of the show, it has run its course and its time for it to go

516 days ago
116.

LetsBeReAL    

Ummmmmmmmm.. To stop a show from tanking, the last thing they want to do is bring back JLO. They can't be serious.. They need to sit Mariah Carey in the middle. I think it's so effin stupid that she's all the way at the end of the table. You can't even see her!! That's number 1. Then get rid of nicki because people don't like her. I like Keith. I think he's super sweet but he's so boring. If they need someone representing middle America, they need someone with a personality. Maybe someone like Jason Aldean. Like a bad boy country singer like BLAKE from The voice. There's a reason the voice is number 1. THE ONLY WAY I see AMERICAN IDOL being number 1 again is if they manage to spend MILLIONS and get someone like JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE to judge. Imagine JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & BRITNEY spears judging? Drama. THAT WOULD BE RATINGS GOLD!!!!!!

516 days ago
117.

Max Power    

Let this show die, please.

516 days ago
118.

Jude    

The problem Nikki Minaj. How can they not know that. EXACTLY why they are failing.

516 days ago
119.

lovettebrit    

Idol should have closed down a couple of years ago. It tway too late for this show. Idol does not listen to what the views wanted. I like The Voice I like all judges. Randy on American Idol is stale as old bread, Mariah acts like her s*** don't stink, Keith Urban I like as a artist but not a judge, Nicki Manaj is just low class. American Idol is the titanic a big ship that sank to the bottom of the Ocean Sa-La-Vie

516 days ago
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nicole02    

Its nicki minaj she annoys the f*ck outta me she makes the show suck

516 days ago
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