Jennifer Lopez Is New ‘Idol’ Judge; Replaces Ellen

Published: Friday 30th Jul 2010 by Sam

Diva Jennifer Lopez looks set to stage a commercial comeback, after landing a spot on the American Idol judging panel. According to reports, the 41 year old is to replace Ellen Degeneres, whose sensational departure from the hit show (after just one season) was announced a few hours ago.

Full story & poll after the jump…

According to Deadline.com, Lopez officially inked a deal to join ‘Idol’, month ago, and that the official announcement was being kept under wraps until DeGeneres’ exit (which had long been finalised) was publicised.

The report goes to state that it was Lopez’s newly re-appointed manager Benny Medina who set up the initial meeting with producers of the show. Serious  negotiations soon followed,  with the deal being finalised just last month.

Lopez joins remaining judges Randy Jackson and Kara Dioguardi on the judges table. Meanwhile Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is also believed to be the top contender for the panel position left vacant by departing Simon Cowell – who launches the US incarnation of the X-Factor next year.

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Needless to say, this is clearly the lifeline Lopez’s limp career has long been in need of. After all, despite recently signing with Def Jam (after being dropped by Epic), public interest in her musically has been minimal, with her acting career faring no better.

Idol may not be the beast it once was (lost it’s spark after Fantasia’s year IMO) and may very well be on its way off the air (I can’t see Idol and the fresher X-Factor co-existing), yet it still commands a huge audience – something Lopez will no doubt benefit from.

That said, we’re keen to hear what you think….

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  1. GangsterA July 30, 2010

    Ah im gonna miss ellen she was fun b*** deff lookin fowrd to see jlo on the judge seat and her new album as well

  2. Becca July 30, 2010

    FAILLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TGJ step your game up. Kara has already been fired!

  3. The truth July 30, 2010

    Jens latest film has made over 75 million worldwide, not bad considering she carried the film alone, and was her first commercial film in 5 years,

    Her music career is not over, its only her last album brave that flopped, passing the million mark worldwide, with no radio and label support, and was on tour pregnant

    She has a new fragrance out called love and glamour, her fragrances have made close to 2 billion worldwide and is the new face of Gucci

  4. BeyonSLAY July 30, 2010

    THE X FACTOR UK >>>>>>>>>>>>>> AMERICAN IDOL!

    Cheryl Cole (>>>>>>>>>>> the american idol judges!

  5. Modjo July 30, 2010

    surely she will make a comeback she is a triple thread … the one and only JLO

  6. Modjo July 30, 2010

    BTW LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE LOVE? Cant wait

  7. Chile Please!! July 30, 2010

    Ohhhh Hells to the J-NO! This bytch can’t sing! WTF!!! I need somebody to wake me up from this Nightmare! Girl Bye!

  8. Modjo July 30, 2010

    @chile STFO u stupid .. look forward to her career .. she made history u idiot .. she is the perfect choice ever better than ELLEN HUHH

  9. Justin July 30, 2010

    ppl will say that she can’t sing, but WHO on that panel can??? You want someone who has experience in the business and who has been at the top, and that’s JLO. My only fear is that people don’t realize that nobody is going to watch this show anymore.. Ellen leaving so suddenly puts a bad taste in folks mouths.. I dunno..

  10. JT July 30, 2010

    GOOD FOR HER. WITH HER MOVIE AND RECORDING CAREERS IN THE TOILET, THIS MAY BE B****’S LAST CHANCE.

  11. The Last Song July 30, 2010

    WEREN’T there any other people to choose instead of her?????? WTF?????

  12. Tony July 30, 2010

    Really?
    I stopped watchin after paula left!!!!!

  13. royalkev July 30, 2010

    I will miss Ellen too, she’s the coolest celeb ever. Jlo is a welcomed addition to the show though. I think she’s just as good as Paula(if not better). I love her advice from when she was a guest on the show before. She has alot of stage presence and showmanship in her own live performances and I think she knows what to look for. I gained alot of respect for her after watching her story on E(I think). She makes very smooth transitions and she’s a go getter! I love her!

  14. Ogz July 30, 2010

    JLO is perfect for this, she has major experience in this business as a triple threat, Dancer, Singer and Actress, plus she is hood, so homegurl will tell it like it is and lean more towards contestants with a little edge.

    I love Ellen but without Simon she isn’t strong enough to keep people engaged in a show like Idol, you need artist on that panel JLO has had a simular career to Paula but even bigger, now all they need is a male judge to balance it out, Steven Tyler would be remarkable, however if not him you need someone who was or is the head of a label or a head poncho from the industry, Guy Oseary, or dare I say it Tommy Matolla

  15. ~TeAM WeeZY~ July 30, 2010

    The f*ck? Really? Jennifer Lopez? I mean come on, “So You think you can dance” YES but “AMERICAN IDOL?” Um, No ma’am.

  16. JAYLA July 30, 2010

    good choice. SORRY F** BOYS I KNOW YOU ALL ARE UPSET LOL

  17. UmYa July 30, 2010

    rofl.
    Well I guess by now y’all should actual SINGING TALENT isn’t a requirement to be a judge on these Karaoke contest.
    Kara Dio-whatserface was the only qualified person on that panel.

  18. A July 30, 2010

    Kara was fired…its just Randy, JLo and Steven Tyler

  19. CONVERSATION CHAMBER July 31, 2010

    Only a misguided cornball would mistake Jennifer Lopez for “hood.”

    Check out:
    The Conversation Chamber

  20. Pr_prince July 31, 2010

    I live for my Jennifer but slap Benny don’t do this Jen your better then this bc the whole American idol thing is sooo played out maybe if she went on x factor but not this plus I don’t know about celebs who are still doing their thing be judges on any show! Jenny pls stick with putting out love and some concerts a few movies you still got tha other perfume comeing out and what happened to the relaunching of jlo clothing line.? Jen just worry about putting an amazing album that def jam will promote unlike Sony and the brave album no one really knew it was coming out and wrong when your gone was hot so was mile in these shoes

  21. True Blue July 31, 2010

    ^^ Grammar and punctuation, please? I could BARELY comprehend what you just wrote.

  22. smartee July 31, 2010

    TeAM WeeZY, I agree!

    Jennifer Lopez has a horrible singing voice and how can she be allowed to have the nerve to tell someone that they’ve had a horrible performance or can’t sing when she can’t sing either and has relied on s** appeal and fashion for fame in the music industry? Her career has been over and not only has “Brave” flopped by so has “Rebirth.” “Rebirth only sold 2.5 million worldwide which is absolutely horrible for someone who has sold 10s of millions of albums before.

  23. FortuneCookie July 31, 2010

    now that jlo is one of the judges

    everybody got a great chance to being a peformer not a singer but a performers, if jlo gives advice about singing ability? i’m gonna jump off the nearest bridge don’t get me wrong, i love jlo when it comes to acting & performing but singing is not one of it… if you noticed like i do, she has other artists do more of the singing on the track, for example “Play” from “JLO” you hear more of christina milian’s vocal than yo do jlo, same with “Ryde or Die” you hear more brandy than you do jlo & “Wrong When You’re Gone” you hear Keri Hilson. i don’t think jlo should be one of the judge on american idols maybe american best dance crew but whatever… but then again… ellen has no experience in a kind of music skills but her personality won viewers over. so i guess it will work for jlo… p.s. i like jlo as a actress so much more.

  24. Try Again… July 31, 2010

    Ya’ll are right on point in this article! I guess this is what JLo needs for her ”comeback” even though Idol did fall off after Fantasia won…

  25. Anita August 2, 2010

    I’m feeling a “mariah-j-lo” again. Wasn’t Mariah a rumour to replace Simon? This i s just stupid that all of a sudden, again, J-lo’s name pops up again after that. I really dislike all these things that match up all the time….

  26. Subtle August 3, 2010

    IDOL’S RATINGS HAVE BEEN DROPPING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THAT IS WHY COWELL IS GONE & THE OTHERS. I SAY, LET JLO TAKE OVER SO WE CAN GIVE HER ALL THE CREDIT FOR THE SHOW BEING OVER THIS COMING SEASON! THE SHOW’S DEMISE WILL BE THE SAME AS THE RATINGS FOR HER LAST FLOP OF A MOVIE & RECORD DEAL. & YES I AGREE WITH “THE TRUTH”, SHE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING IT ALL “ALONE”. THEN NO ONE CAN MAKE ANY MORE EXCUSES FOR HER DEAD CAREER.

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