Ellen De Generes announced that she is calling it quits as a judge on American Idol. According to FoxNews.com, De Generes said, “A couple of months ago, I let Fox and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” she said in a statement. “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I’d bargained for.”
There are several reports that Jennifer Lopez may replace Ellen De Generes as a Judge on American Idol, next season. It is not clear whether contract negotiations are finalized, however. According to The Los Angeles Times, Lopez did not sign the contract yet, as her representatives are still trying to get more perks included in the deal. Also, OK! Magazine said an “Idol” source revealed, “They are ironing out contracts . . . so unless something goes wrong, it’s a done deal.”
The show has yet to replace former judge, Simon Cowell, who left American Idol in January in order to start an American version of the British talent show called, “The X-Factor”. Several well known music industry players have been considered to fill the vacant positions including, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Elton John, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jessica Simpson. The shows producers have hinted that they may get rid of the current Idol judges and start the show over with all new judges.
Jennifer Lopez appeared on American Idol, in 2007 as musical mentor. She was also a celebrity judge on Project Runway in 2008. In addition, Lopez was an executive producer in the MTV reality show, Dance Life in 2007. Dance Life is about the struggles of young dancers to achieve their dreams of becoming professional dancers.
Ellen DeGeneres is a great person, but do not think that she has enough experience in the music industry to effectively judge new talent. She’s better sticking to her day job: comedienne/talk show host. Jennifer Lopez would be an excellent prospect, since she is a well rounded, triple-threat, with several years of hard work in the entertainment industry. She understands the ins and outs, the pitfalls and successes of the business.
I miss Simon Cowell’s brutal honesty, and would love to see Jennifer give her honest impressions of contestant performance, although more diplomatically. I lost interest in American Idol after Taylor Hicks won in 2006, and beat out more talented contestants like Elliot Yamin. In my estimation, American Idol had warped into a popularity contest. Hopefully, J-Lo will add a laid-back Latin “flava” to American Idol and increase the ratings.
Ellen DeGeneres Out at ‘American Idol,’ Jennifer Lopez Could Replace Her, from FOXNews.com
American Idol’s Back up Plan With Jennifer Lopez Not Ready For Delivery, from latiimesblogs.latimes.com, authors: Joe Flint and Maria Elena Fernandez
DanceLife, from mtv.com