The net was set ablaze last week when reports that American Idol producers were planning a mid-season shake-up caught on like wildfire. Multiple sources claimed that the show’s creators were looking to oust Mariah Carey and replace her with rival and former judge on the show Jennifer Lopez. Carey’s only saving grace was said to be the legal action she threatened upon learning of the “coup”.
Keen to establish if the story is fact or fiction, Extra put the question to Lopez directly in Los Angeles last night. Find out what she said below…
Hmm. As much as J.Lo’s suggestive silence indicates that there may be truth to the rumors, the cynic in us feels it’s one big (and clever) case of PR play. Or, worse for Carey, a calculated means to bump her off the panel by her nemesis.
Does anyone else find it suspicious that the story “breaks” the week Ms. Lopez announces her new single ‘Live It Up’? There are a few other interesting tidbits that make the whole episode rather convenient in its timing, namely..
* Fact that producers are beginning to think of next year’s panel (as they do every year at this time); reviewing what and who worked this year in comparison to prior seasons. With Mimi widely being panned for her credible, yet boring critique and with ratings on the wane, what time better than the present to launch a silent campaign for your old job?
* Mariah fired her well-known manager in 2008. He and his team have since gone on to orchestrate J.Lo’s comeback – including her initial Idol run, which helped light the spark under her mega-hit ‘On The Floor’. What’s more, under his guidance, the foundation was solidly set for Lopez’s first ever world tour. Hence, in knowing firsthand how important the Idol platform is for any artist, especially a 43-year-old diva, it feels like Team J.Lo are actively courting her former seat back.
* In the event she’s not pushing for a return to Idol, the story is simply great publicity for Lopez and a bad look for Mimi; which given that their new projects are set to be released during the same window makes the surfacing of such rumors seem more calculated than coincidence.
Of course, this is just my two cents, but in no way would any of the above be “bad” if true. It’s a) business and b) not like ol’ Mimi wouldn’t do the same. Remember this…