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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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The musical chairs continue.

548 days ago

Grandma Cracker    

Good choice, and I don't really like Jennifer that much either............

548 days ago


How ironic they replace Mariah Carey with Jay-Ho-who cannot sing at all. Pull the plug on this ((((GONG SHOW)))).

548 days ago


Mariah is not the problem, IMO. I absolutely cannot stand Nikki. I have watched the show for the past five years or so, but can't do so any longer. She's like nails on a chalk board for me. Others might love her, but not this cat.

548 days ago

Desiree Powell    

The fat lady is singing...

548 days ago


Get rid of that other female twit. She is the reason I do not watch.

548 days ago


Steven Tyler was more interesting than her (how many one liners did she have?). Eye candy isn't enough to save the show.

548 days ago

Wow ...    

I haven't watched the show or allow it to be on in my home because of Nicki. If they are going to replace anyone it should be her - not Mariah.

548 days ago


If JLO comes back so will I!!! Get rid of the Nicki skank too!!!!!! Keep Keith urban!!

548 days ago


I like Mariah, They should replace Nikki

548 days ago


Mariah is not the problem, Its Nikki and I dont know why they can't see that. the only reason i am still keeping up with the show is for my S.C. native, hoping we finally get a winner from our state. other than that , the show is pitiful, their is no chemistry between Nikki and Mariah, and I don"t blame Mariah. The world has blown Nikki heads slam off her body.. and she needs to find it and stick it back on the correct way.. its one thing to be an entertainer but its another thing when its Nikki..even the younger people that once loved her around my way.. are very disappointed with her actions and mouth.. right now.

548 days ago


The producers always misunderstood the audience. They were always showing rap and hip hop to an audience that did not want that. Nicki put the final nail in this coffin!!

548 days ago


Seriously?!? A legend being replaced by a no- talented (can't sing, dance or act to save her life) diva so she can come flaunt herself in little dresses and promote her screechy songs YIPPPPPPEEEE!

548 days ago


That show is trash. Cancel it.

548 days ago


Only people in places like Kansas actually watch that show.

548 days ago
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