She’s the Pop icon boasting one of the greatest voices to grace the world of entertainment.
Unfortunately, by way of a personality that only seems to function when her accomplishments are being relayed to her by doting fans, Mariah Carey‘s arrival on FOX‘s ‘American Idol’ has been anything but triumphant.
So fruitless, that reports allegedly pulled from ‘knowledgeable’ sources reveal the show’s producers put plans in place to ax her and replace her with former judge Jennifer Lopez.
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It’s no secret that this has been a rough season for “American Idol.” With buzz on the top 10 at a low boil at best and ratings off by double digits for the second season in a row, the once untouchable prime time champ has been on the ropes.
“That might explain why, according to the Hollywood Reporter, producers were so desperate to turn the beat around that they considered shaking things up in recent weeks by dumping highly paid, but lackluster new judge Mariah Carey with former two-season panelist Jennifer Lopez.
Citing unnamed “knowledgeable” sources, The Hollywood Reporter magazine said Carey’s team responded with the threat of legal action, which scuttled the plan. Even so, the story claims that the show’s producers are still negotiating with Lopez to appear on the show’s May finale, even as a search has already begun to replace Carey, and possibly fellow newbies Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, and even lone original judge Randy Jackson.
“This is just another ridiculous ‘Idol’ judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale,” a Fox spokeswoman told the Reporter in a statement; a spokesperson for the show could not be reached for comment at press time. “Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe seconded that emotion, saying, “I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season.”
With producers worried about the downward ratings slide, the Reporter said they thought a surprise judge switcheroo might help reverse the trend. Part of the problem is that despite her multi-million salary, Carey has proved to be a bland judge, prone to rambling, vanilla comments that haven’t provided many breakout moments.”
As explained above, this report has been denied by ‘Idol’ themselves.
However, with the show failing to make a return on the 18 million dollar investment they made on securing her spot, it’s no wonder this report has caught on as quick as it has.
For, as anyone who watches the show week on week can attest to, Carey’s critiques of contestants and general demeanour on the show lack the vitality Lopez and Abdul brought to the table during their run.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder ‘Idol’ may be eyeing Jennifer as a potential replacement, with the current panel kept afloat by the cool, calm and hilarious Keith Urban and the charismatic Nicki Minaj.