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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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121.

TXLady    

After watching faithfully since the very beginning, I have not watched this year because of that low life, no talent, ghetto trash Nicki Minaj. Casting her was most likely the final nail in the coffin of AI. I'm not sure they can ever recover from that huge mistake.

491 days ago
122.

dreamer4u    

They need to get rid of that freak Nicki Minaj? She is so ridiculous and who the heck is she? She cannot sing for the life of her! if that is what she calls it?

491 days ago
123.

Jerri    

They need to get rid of niki and Maria in my opinion and leave randy, Keith , and put jimmy as a 3rd judge. If they don't get rid of niki this is my last year watching cause she gets on my damn nerves.

491 days ago
124.

KayQ    

Randy and Mariah both need to go. They both are so predictable, there is really no point that they even show up..

491 days ago
125.

Jason    

Nikki is the pig to go.......shes a mess....Mariah is a legend......

491 days ago
126.

Coupe09    

Umm it's Nicki not Mariah.... From a quick glance Mariah & J Lo look identical.

491 days ago
127.

MJFan09    

NOOOO! Come on why can't they freaking replace Nicki?! SHE is the one that needs to leave the show! She is the one that is causing the ratings to go down the toilet! THIS IS ABSURD!!!!!

NO ONE wants to see Nicki! She has no talent, can't even sing without the help of technology, and plus she is uglier than ****!!!!! The worlds ugliest dog looks MUCH better than her to be honest! I don't see why she should be allowed to even judge a competition that she herself has no talent for to begin with!

491 days ago
128.

Gargamel    

It's time to cancel this show.

491 days ago
129.

Con    

Can Fox really be that stupid as to not knowing why their ratings are down so much this year? Get rid of Niki Minaj and your ratings will go back to normal. She is the nastiest person on this planet and has completely RUINED the show!

491 days ago
130.

Shyla    

Nicki is the problem, get rid of her!!!

491 days ago
131.

PokerStar    

J ho is not coming back. It's all PR spin to get you talking about their failed show.

491 days ago
132.

CHRIS    

Don't let Mariah go, don't bring Jennifer Lopez back & do get rid of Nikki. Can't watch much more of Minaj

491 days ago
133.

SFVick    

Whatttttt?

491 days ago
134.

Bella    

Stick a fork in it.......

491 days ago
135.

Nancy    

Why don't you replace Nicki,? I bet the ratings would skyrocket!

491 days ago
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